Dental Myths

  1. Visiting The Dentist Every 6 Months
  2. The More Sugar The More Cavities You’ll Have
  3. Brushing Before Going To The Dentist Will Hide Your Bad Dental Habits


I don’t know about you but I love reading about myths and old wives’ tales. It’s just fun to learn about beliefs that no longer apply today. It’s so fascinating how far we have come and how much knowledge we have amassed to invalidate the myths that were considered to be true during their time. We have to give credit to our natural curiosity. Curiosity is what led our ancestors to research and find the truth about the things around them. Can you imagine what our lives would be if we still believed in myths? We would still be using leeches as a cure for every ailment or disease. While some myths and beliefs, like the tooth fairy, are harmless, there are others that are dangerous and can cause damage to the body. Today, we are going to explore the different dental myths that you should stop believing.

Visiting The Dentist Every 6 Months

We’ve heard it from commercials and read it from ads. We should visit our dentist every 6 months to keep our teeth healthy. This is partially true. Depending on your lifestyle, health and of course, the condition of your teeth, your dentist may encourage you to visit them every 3 months or every 12 months. There is no general rule for when you need to have a dental check-up. This myth came to be because 6-month check-ups are very common. The best thing that you could do is to ask your dentist. They are the experts after all and not the commercial you saw on TV.


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The More Sugar The More Cavities You’ll Have

Sugar does cause cavities but it is not the amount that you should be worried about. It is how long the sugar stays in your mouth. Sugar that remains present in your mouth is fed upon by bacteria which produces acid that will erode the enamel on your teeth. The longer it stays in your mouth, the more acid the bacteria produce. That is why it is always recommended to brush your teeth after every meal or at least drink lots of water to wash down the sweet substance. Now you know how to satisfy your sweet tooth without the risk of cavities.


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Brushing Before Going To The Dentist Will Hide Your Bad Dental Habits

It’s funny but I know people who do this. The bad news is that the dentist can always tell. Inflamed gums, hard tartar and plaque build-up cannot be removed by a single brushing and flossing session. Those dental conditions are only formed by months of not practicing proper dental hygiene. They can even tell if you smoke or not and how you brush your teeth. You are not fooling experts. My suggestion is to just tell the truth so you can be given proper advice on dental care.


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