We all hear different things over our lives and as we get older we wonder, “Is that really true?”. Not only will some of these things never have been true, but sometimes things we believed were once correct might be studied and tested and turn out to be wrong or slightly different than previous information we were given.
When it comes to navigating our dental health it is not unusual for things to get misconstrued or just be inaccurate- but how do you know? The easiest answer, ask your dentist, even if it seems silly or odd, it is better to ask and get accurate information.
Here are a few myths about your dental health that may take you by surprise.
Cavities are only caused by sugar
Although sugar can cause cavities, candy isn’t the only thing we eat that can cause havoc to your teeth. As much as you should try to avoid sweet treats, especially sticky ones like taffy and sugary drinks like sodas and some juices, there is another culprit that you should keep in mind – carbs.
Carbohydrates are basically sugar in a different form than something you would find by the checkout at the grocery store. Keep an eye on your bread, cracker, pasta and other carb filled food intake just as much as your candy, and remember to brush after eating these items.
You should brush your teeth hard if you want them to be clean
Unlike cleaning some items in your home (bathtubs come to mind), brushing your teeth hard and excessively is not necessary. Actually, this can be hurting your teeth by removing enamel which protects your teeth from cavities and decay. Not only is brushing your teeth hard not necessary, the firmness of your brush does not need to be any stronger than soft, no need for a medium or firm brush, save those for scrubbing tight spots in your home.
You only need to see your dentist if you’re having issues
It is important to see your dentist every 6 months for regular cleaning and checkups. The sooner we catch issues with your dental health the greater the possibility that we will be able to help things from getting worse. If an issue goes too long without being cared for there is the possibility it can take longer to repair and cost more money. Also, as a plus, your teeth always feel great after a professional cleaning.
If you have any questions about your dental health ask us at your next appointment. Maybe you have what you think is a truth that is actually a myth, it never hurts to ask.
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