Do You Believe Any of These False Myths About Your Teeth?
When it comes to teeth, there are many myths out there with virtually no grounds in reality. At California Dental Group, we are always happy to talk to our patients and answer any questions they have. If you have questions, call us at (800) 407-0161. Otherwise, keep reading to learn about some common myths and the truth behind them.
Eating Sugar Means Having Bad Teeth
This myth is partially true but not quite. The myth is that when you eat sugar, you are directly causing tooth decay. That is not the case. However, you are feeding bacteria in your mouth, which loves sugar. As it grows and multiplies, it will begin to cause decay. If you are sure to brush your teeth after sweet treats, then the negative impact can be minimal.
The More You Brush, the Healthier Your Teeth Are
Is brushing your teeth the most important part of taking care of your teeth? Yes, but that does not mean that the more you do it, the healthier your teeth will be. Remember that toothpaste has a slightly abrasive quality, which is what helps remove surface stains. If you brush too much or too hard, you could be wearing down your enamel. Brush twice per day, floss daily, and use mouthwash between meals for the best results.
If Your Teeth Are White, Then They Are Healthy
It’s true that white teeth might give people the idea that your teeth are in great health, but it is far from universally true. Remember that cavities can occur between teeth and in back areas of the mouth that are not seen when a person smiles. The color of a person’s teeth is dependent on many factors, including habits, genetics, and age.
Bleaching Teeth Damages or Weakens Them
It was true that early methods of teeth whitening did often damage teeth, but that is no longer the case. Pre-1990s, acidic materials were used to whiten teeth, and they broke down enamel. Today’s products are pH neutral, which means they do not damage the roots, enamel, or any other material on your teeth.
If Your Gums Bleed When You Brush Then You Should Brush Your Teeth Less Often
It might seem to make sense – if your gums only bleed when you brush, then clearly brushing is the problem and should be minimized. The truth is that if your gums are consistently bleeding, this is actually a common sign of gum disease. Choosing not to brush as often can actually make the problem much worse.
At California Dental Group, we are standing by to help you find the best care for your teeth. If you are ready to make an appointment, contact us at (800) 407-0161 today.