If you keep up with any health related news, you know that things are constantly changing. Not to mention all the false information that’s floating around. Today, we’re myth busting dental health “facts” for you.
Eating a ton of sugar causes cavities.
To make it clear, sugar does cause cavities. However, eating a ton of sugar does not. It’s all about how long sugar stays in your mouth and on your teeth. If you want to eat sugar, it’s best to eat it in one go rather than eating it throughout the day.
White teeth are an indicator for good oral health.
Thanks to advertising, we tend to think of the healthier sets of teeth as those that are whiter. Unfortunately, that’s not a good measure. Some people have a naturally yellow undertone in their teeth, but that doesn’t mean they have poor oral health. Fewer cavities and fresh breath are a good indicator to good oral health rather than the color of your teeth.
Bleaching ruins your teeth.
For the most part, bleaching products don’t do any damage. Why? It’s simple. They affect the color of your teeth and not the actual strength of your teeth. As long as you follow the directions on the packaging, you should be fine. If you bleach your teeth too often, they do start to look a little translucent. This probably gives off the idea that your teeth are weakening when in fact it’s just the color changing.
Bad breath is an indicator of poor brushing.
This isn’t always the case. Sometimes, it comes from what we eat. Other times, bad breath comes from bad bacteria living in your mouth because you are more inclined to host them. If you’re interested in learning more, you can check some of our previous blog posts on this topic.