The 10 most frequent misbeliefs regarding dental care:
1. 'If I push the toothbrush hard it will clean more'
We got used the fact that while washing the dishes or cleaning the house it is easier to clean things if we apply a strong pressure. This is not true for our teeth as strong pressure can damage the enamel of the teeth. In one of our previous blogs we have already mentioned that our teeth cannot heal themselves so we are the ones who have to take care of them. While tooth brushing weak pressure and more cyclic movement are advisable.
2. 'Toothpaste is not necessary'
Many think that tooth paste is not necessary for tooth brushing and it is only a “marketing catch”. It is true that we can keep our teeth without the use of tooth paste, however, it is useful or several reasons. It is easier to clean the plaque and they maintain the health of the enamel (fluoride) and it also fights plaque. Some of them can keep our gum healthy and others can whiten the teeth. Why not take advantage of these possibilities?
3. 'Milk-teeth do not require cleaning'
This is a dangerous issue. If the milk-teeth are already in a bad condition it causes damage to the enamel of the tooth and it affects the future permanent teeth not to mention that the aesthetics, bacteria and the ability to speak properly. All these need healthy teeth. Children are more fond of learning at childhood so cleaning the milk-teeth is already a good way to practise the right method of cleaning.
4. 'Removing plaque is for those who experience problems with them'
It may seem unbelievable but after the age of 25 almost everyone has plaque. The reason for this being is layer of plaque that has stuck (and has not been removed) on our teeth. If not removed, it leads to tooth decay, gum inflammation and gum recession and later to tooth loss. Hard plaque cannot be removed with the help pf a tooth brush so it is advisable to see a visit a dentist to have it removed at least once a year.
5. 'Chewing gums and mouthwash can replace tooth brushing'
This is also an everyday issue. It is true that we can use a chewing gum or mouth wash (the latter is good for many reasons), however, it does not replace tooth brushing. The reason for this being is that they cannot remove the layer of plaque on our teeth.
6. 'Bad teeth = genetics'
We tend to blame genetics for a lot of issues. It is also true for the problems with our teeth. We hear a lot of times that someone’s teeth are in a bad condition because his or her parents have the same bad teeth and it is all about genetics. It is true that genes affect our teeth, however, it is not written in stone. By the right type of dental care and frequent visits to a dentist tooth decay can be stopped. Do not blame genetics, instead, care about your teeth.
7. 'Pregnancy leads to tooth decay'
A lot of women are afraid of tooth decay during pregnancy. It is true that they need to be more careful about what they eat. If they know the right diet it is easy to avoid tooth decay.
8. 'Toothbrushes need to be changed only when the bristles are splayed'
A lot of people buy a new toothbrush only when its bristles are splayed (and it is almost only the plastic part that has left to brush the teeth with). This is a big mistake. According to the dentists it is advisable to change your toothbrush in every two months (!) as the efficiency of the toothbrush can be 30% less after 12 weeks of use. We know that this takes time, energy and money, however, it is crucial of importance in order to keep our teeth healthy (and problematic tooth need more care and more money). It is worth to change your brush frequently, isn’t it?
9. 'I should brush my teeth after every single meal'
You may think that is teeth need that much care it is better if you brush your teeth after every meal. On one hand, this is not an easy task, on the other hand, it is not necessary. According to the experts (dentists), it is enough to brush your teeth twice a day (morning and evening) and maybe once more during the day (after lunch). It will not cause damage to the surface of teeth yet we can keep them clean.
10. 'Tooth whitening is not harmful'
Nowadays more and more people choose whitening methods. Unfortunately, some of these are rather harmful so be careful! It is worth the consult with a dentist and it is important to consider that bridges and crowns cannot be whitened.