The Tooth And Nothing But The Tooth: 5 Common Dental Myths Debunked

When it comes to our teeth, we all know the need to take care of them. Failure to do so will lead to bad breath, an unsightly smile, and the need to take a trip to the dentist to deal with any cavities and tooth pain. However, there are many dental myths that you have probably taken for granted. From old wives tales to advice passed down through your friends and family, we will take a look at some of those myths right here, and expose them in order to get to the truth.

The Tooth And Nothing But The Tooth: 5 Common Dental Myths Debunked
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White teeth are healthy teeth

Your teeth don’t need to be white to be healthy. In fact, most teeth are yellow in color, and this is natural as we get older due to the erosion of our enamel. Your dentist can whiten your teeth, or you can use a specific product, such as a teeth-whitening pen, as reviewed here, but these will only help you cosmetically. White teeth may still be full of cavities, so don’t be fooled into thinking your teeth are unhealthy because they are discolored.

Dentists will cause us pain

Many people are afraid of visiting the dentist, and this is possibly because of an early childhood trauma in getting a painful filling or extraction. Thankfully, dentistry has changed a lot over the years, and new technology and methods can make a visit to the dentist nearly pain-free. As an example, visit and have a look at the techniques they use to make your visit as comfortable as possible.

More sugar means more tooth decay

Sugar does lead to tooth decay, but it's not the quantity that matters. Rather, it is the length of time the sugar remains in your mouth. Sucking on boiled sweets and drinking slow-dissolving sodas will cause you more harm than eating a bar of chocolate, for example, as they have more time to build up harmful acid in your mouth. Always brush your teeth to reduce the effects.

You shouldn’t brush bleeding gums

A common misconception, but entirely wrong. It is the buildup of plaque that causes gums to bleed, so continued oral care will remove the food and debris that is causing the problem. However, care needs to be taken with the toothbrush so as not to make the problem worse. There is some helpful advice at to help you deal with the issue.

You should rinse your mouth with water after brushing

This is something many of us do, possibly because our parents told us to when we were kids. However, you will diminish the effects of the toothpaste if you rinse with water. Toothpaste contains fluoride which helps fight tooth decay, by strengthening enamel and breaking up the acid on our teeth. Therefore, rinsing will diminish the effects. It’s fine to spit out excess toothpaste, and rinse with mouthwash, but rinsing with water should be avoided.

Those are some of the common myths debunked, but always see your dentist for qualified advice.

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