5 MOUTH MYTH BUSTERS8th May 2018
With this Digital Age, information is at our fingertips and this is a great thing sometimes, however it can also be a curse, as you’ll find a lot of false information and health tips online. It’s hard to know what is true and what is a myth and sometimes following the wrong dental guidance can be detrimental to your oral health.
So to clear up some of the confusion, here are 5 common mouth myths:
Myth #1: The harder you brush, the cleaner your teeth will be.
Actually, pressing hard on your teeth wears away the tooth enamel. Brushing is about technique. Tilt your toothbrush to a 45-degree angle and with a gentle grip, use short strokes. Divide your mouth into 4 sections and spend 30 seconds brushing each section.
Myth #2: Rinsing your mouth after your brush is fine.
Rinsing your mouth with water or mouthwash immediately after brushing your teeth will wash away the fluoride in the remaining toothpaste, thus diluting it and reducing its preventive effects.
Myth #3: If there’s no pain, no need for an appointment
You may think you’re oral health is fine, if you don’t feel any pain or discomfort, but your dentist can see the first signs of a problem before you notice it! Your dentist will be able to hopefully nip any problem in the bud and suggest the right form of treatment straight away. However, if it’s left unspotted, then it could lead to bad oral health issues.
Myth #4: Sugar-free drinks cannot harm your teeth.
Although diet drinks don’t contain any sugar, they are still highly acidic and therefore are still harmful for your teeth. When your teeth are exposed to a lot of acid, it can erode away the enamel and lead to cavities, sensitive teeth and perhaps tooth loss. Try and limit your intake of these drinks or better still, stick with still water – the healthiest option!
Myth #5: You should brush your teeth straight after eating.
Brushing right after eating acidic foods can harm your teeth as acid attacks your teeth, so brushing can push the acid deeper into the enamel. Wait at least 30 minutes for you saliva to help wash away the acid naturally before brushing.