Dental myths, like a lot of other untruths, populate the internet, whether on message boards or suspect websites. It can be quite difficult to get people to learn about the real truth.
Like bugs on a hot day, if one untruth gets swatted away, several more flit by to take its place. Even though there are websites whose sole purpose is to shine the light on these erroneous “facts”, the Internet is just too large and word-of-mouth can be too ingrained.
Flossing Is Not That Important
There are some sites that are citing a certain study that said that flossing didn’t have any tangible benefits. While there is a kernel of truth to it – it was an actual study, after all – this is one of those “if it’s not broken, don’t fix it” scenarios.
Flossing regularly can still get to food and buildup that even regular brushing with an electric toothbrush can’t necessarily reach. Using proper technique each time flossing can’t do any harm and can have possible long-term benefits.
Sugar-Free Gum Is A Good Alternative To Brushing
While sugar-free gum does have a main ingredient, xylitol, that can help teeth, just handing over a stick of gum is not an ideal replacement for brushing.
It’s true that chewing gum can cause more saliva to be produced, which would then help clean out food particles and xylitol makes even more saliva be produced, it won’t get rid of plaque that’s already there. No, sticking the gum to the teeth won’t do the trick either.
One can brush their teeth after the gum though. Another caveat – chewing gum can make one get used to clenching their jaw, which can lead to grinding of the teeth.
Sensitive Teeth Means Worn-Down Enamel
Yes, this is one symptom of worn-down enamel, whether from overbrushing to having too much soda without proper brushing. It’s far from the only reason that one winces when taking a sip of a hot or cold beverage.
Other things that can cause sensitive teeth include teeth whitening strips or toothpastes – thanks to the peroxide in them, or gum recession. It may just be a matter of changing what brand of toothpaste one uses.
Gum Disease Only Affects Your Mouth
The effects of gum disease are far from being contained within the teeth and gums. It can lead to things like diabetes and even cancer, since the gums are a gateway to the rest of the body.
Having excellent oral health means that one has a high chance of having excellent overall health. Neglecting one’s teeth can cause consequences far beyond needing dentures or dental implants.
There are many other dental myths lurking out there, and not knowing the real facts about them can lead to expensive dental work that could have otherwise been avoided. All it takes is a little bit of extra due diligence to keep a great smile for a lifetime.
Dr. Shaista Najmi and her staff at Ivory Dental Jacksonville are more than familiar with nearly every dental myth that is out there. They will gladly discuss them at the next check-up. Give them a call at 904-998-1555.