Many people think they know a great deal on the subject of dental health, but with a number of myths and urban legends on the subject many commonly held beliefs are far from true. Here’s the truth about some of the most wide-spread oral health myths.
Everyone must visit the dentist every six months
Most people assume everyone should attend a dental check-up once every 6 months, but certain people may not have to go so frequently whilst others may require more regular check-ups. The time needed in between dental check ups can be as little as 3 months or as much as 2 years. It all depends on the condition of your teeth & gums in addition to the probability of future dental problems.
The frequency of your dental check ups will be determined by your dentist and will be based on your level of oral health.
Always brush immediately after a meal
It is generally beneficial to brush after a meal but it depends upon the types food or drink you have consumed. Acidic foods such as apples and citrus fruits or drinks like sodas and fruit juices can temporarily cause the tooth enamel to become soft and also damage the dentin below it. While it may seem to be a good idea to brush your teeth immediately after eating or drinking such foods it can erode the softened enamel and push the acid deeper into the dentin. It is far better to allowing the enamel to re-harden by waiting an hour after consuming acidic foods before brushing your teeth.
Tooth decay is only caused by sugary food and drink
A lot of people wrongly think that tooth decay is only caused by sugary food and drink. Tooth decay is actually caused as a result of acid made by certain types of naturally occurring oral bacteria. The bacteria live on any form of carbohydrate, including sugar. Other carbohydrate foods include potatoes, bread, pasta, rice and nuts. These foods can cause tooth decay if they are allowed to remain in the mouth for a prolonged period due to lack of brushing. The worst types of foods for causing tooth decay are hard starchy foods. For instance, potato chips which can become lodged in the gaps between teeth are far worse for tooth decay than some sugary foods, because sugar dissolves in the mouth and is diluted with saliva over time.
Toothache can be relieved by placing an aspirin in the mouth
Placing an aspirin on the tooth is a long-standing at home treatment which has somehow persisted over the years. Aspirin will do very little to relieve tooth ache even if it is taken orally because it is not a very powerful pain killer. Placing in the area of the tooth will have no painkilling effects. This is because aspirin works by entering the blood stream through the digestive system and limiting the production of a compound called prostaglandin which is responsible for transmitting pain messages from the injured part of the body to the brain.
Diet Soda is not damaging to teeth because it is sugar free
Although diet soda does not contain sugar it is acidic causing the tooth enamel to soften and erode. Regular soda is more damaging to the teeth due to the additional sugar. Sipping any type of sugary or acidic drink over a long period of time is particularly damaging to teeth. One preventative measure is to follow it drinking water to help rebalance acidity levels in the mouth.
This article was provided by Mark writes for Dentalcare Plus, a provider of dental implants in the UK.