Dentistry is one of the oldest medical professions, dating back to 7000 BC. The Egyptians were the first people to develop a dental cream using powdered ashes from oxen hooves, myrrh, egg shells, and pumice. Dental techniques and technology have become much more advanced, but some misconceptions still surround the industry.
There is a wealth of information about dental health surfacing the internet. Unfortunately, much of it is false and contains misleading information. Some myths have circulated due to word of mouth, while others have been passed down from generations before. To find out more about dental health and its misconceptions, consult with a dentist today.
Common misconceptions about dental health
Sugar causes cavities.
While sugar may play a significant role in developing cavities, they are not the only cause of the problem. Rather, it is the bacteria that form in your mouth due to the sugar that forms the cavities. Bacteria thrive around sticky and sweet food, such as starches, and produce an acid compound that causes tooth decay. Rinse your mouth after every meal and brush your teeth twice a day to ensure all bacteria are removed.
Sugar-free sodas do not cause damage.
A common misconception is that sugar-free sodas are harmless to your teeth. However, it is completely false. Besides sugar, sodas contain acidity, which can still be very harmful to your teeth and gums. Sodas can damage the top layer of your teeth, the enamel, which protects your teeth from various issues such as sensitivity.
White teeth are always healthy.
White teeth are aesthetically pleasing and give a bright smile, which is why people often mistake them for being healthy. However, the color of your teeth may not indicate how healthy or damaged it is. Even white teeth can have cavities and gum issues that remain invisible until pain strikes.
Bleeding gums are normal.
Bleeding gums are never normal. They occur due to inflammation of the gums and infection. Gums become swollen or inflamed when there is too much bacterial plaque build-up, the onset of gingivitis, gum disease, etc. If you find blood on your toothbrush, visit your dentist immediately.
Braces are only for young people.
While it is true that most parents prefer giving braces to their children at a young age, one can get teeth alignment treatments in their adult years as well. The reason it is recommended at a young age is because the jawbone is still soft and easily fixable. It takes less effort to shift the teeth into place and less pain. Straight teeth can be achieved at any age.