Myths about dental care

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There are a lot of myths about dental care that people believe. However, these myths are often untrue and can cause more harm than good. This article will debunk the most common myths about dental care.

1. Sugar Free Soda Does Not Harm Teeth

People often falsely claim that sugar-free soda’s are harmless to your teeth. The truth is they still contain acidity. This can still cause damage to your tooth enamel.

When you’re drinking diet sodas, the pH level is incredibly acidic. This can be quickly damaging to your teeth. For reference, the pH level of battery acid is 1! Soda has around 2.5 to 3.5. 

Pure Water is made up of molecules in a specific configuration that means it doesn’t have any acidic or basic qualities and has a pH level of 7 which is considered “neutral.” For an easier way to keep your teeth healthy, stick to good old tap water or bottled water from a local store.

2. Bad breath is normal

Bad breath can of course be caused by bad foods but is a cause for concern, its common sign of gum disease now It is possible for bad breath to indicate something else. Many other health issues can cause bad breath, such as acid reflux, bowel obstruction or other digestive issues. 

3. Gum disease is only a mouth issue

Gum disease is known to be a sign of many serious health conditions, including hypertension, diabetes and mouth cancer. This is because of the inflammation in the gums that causes them to become red and swollen. Healthy teeth and gyms is usually associated with a healthy body overall!

4. Sweets are the only thing that cause cavities

It’s normal to think it’s only the sugar snacks that may cause the damage to our teeth but its not the only culprit, when it comes to cavities starchy foods such as chips and crackers can also be responsible. These foods often contain sugars. 

The reason for this is actually the bacteria that eats the sugars are the main cause of cavities. 

Cleaning your teeth regularly, cutting down on sugary foods and having regular check-ups.

5. Brushing harder

You might be causing your teeth & gums some real damage by brushing too hard or using an abrasive brush. There is hard enamel that protects your teeth, brushing hard can damage this and increase tooth decay. You’ll need to avoid these types of habits to make sure your dental health is at its best. 

Try to use a soft bristle toothbrush and avoid applying too much pressure when brushing your teeth, as this won’t make your teeth any cleaner.

6. Baby teeth aren’t important?

Many parents are hesitant to extract baby teeth while the child is still young due to the importance of them continuing their development. Often parents opt for a little extra time with their child’s first teeth. Removing them prematurely causes haphazard holes in the mouth which can lead to speech and eating difficulties later on as adult teeth come in.

We recommend you look after your children’s teeth at all ages, they serve a big importance in developing speech, chewing and smile for ways to help make dental care fun for your kids check here

7. Invisalign causes a lisp? 

Invisalign is a popular orthodontic treatment that straightens teeth and reduces the appearance of crooked or crowded incisors. It is made from a thermoplastic polymer that is shaped by laser-cuts, which are then bonded with the patient’s teeth. Many people believe that invisalign will cause a lisp, but those who have undergone orthodontic treatment will know otherwise.

When adding anything to your mouth it will take some time for you to adjust to it, so invisalign can for the first week cause a lisp but this is a short time.

For more information on invisalign check here

Talk with your dentist 

People have been misinformed about their oral health for a long time. Oftentimes over the internet, it can be difficult to distinguish truth from fiction. Luckily, you can get accurate information from your dentist–without having to wonder what you are doing wrong and how to fix it.