Right from childhood, we have been regularly told that taking care of our teeth is important, especially for a worry-free eating pleasure. Unknown to many, there’s more to oral care than just brushing and flossing.
Top dental service providers would tell you that most people are misinformed about their own oral health. Some of the myths involving your teeth and oral care include the following:
1. Only sweet food can cause tooth decay.
Not many are aware that highly acidic candies with low pH can actually soften the enamel and cause the teeth to break down and erode easily. The impact is worse on children’s teeth, as they are not fully mature yet. They do not have the strength that adult teeth have.
2. White teeth are healthy teeth.
Although having white teeth means you brush and floss them on a regular basis, it is not always an indicator of good oral health. Keep in mind that some minute food particles can get stuck in between teeth. In addition, remember that the shade of teeth could vary from person to person, but it doesn’t necessarily mean one is healthier than the other.
3. You’ll have 32 permanent teeth when you get old.
Yes, it is true that you have milk teeth which you shed to give way to your permanent teeth. But, you do not always get 32 teeth. In some cases, you might not grow wisdom teeth or you might not even have lateral incisors. No matter how many teeth you have, however, you should still get the same kind of dental services, such as prophylaxis, when you visit your dentist.
4. An aspirin applied directly to an aching tooth can do wonders.
Well, sometimes, it does, but not all the time. You have to remember that aspirin works best when it is absorbed by the blood stream. This is not possible with the tooth structure, as the enamel can be hard to penetrate. The only exception to this, as far as your tooth is concerned, is if the pain is coming from the gums.
So, the next time you hear another dental myth, check the facts first and consult your dentist. Remember, your wrong belief about oral care may actually cause more problems for you.