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15 Myths vs. Facts of the Dental Care

Dental care is very important but we still choose to ignore it. There are few commonly believed myths but holds no value in reality. Know the facts instead!

In many societies, some concepts are nurtured like their religion-backed-beliefs and we all are blindly trusting them without our own research and perspective; though, we all are different and have different morals and principles but sticking to any non-scientific theory is not reflecting your own thoughts.

Before believing to any hearsay fact, investigate the hidden fact behind it, either it is scientifically correct or not. Like your padosan aunty told you to use the scrub of the particular brand to remove all the pimples on the face and you opt on her advice without consulting to any skin expert. Next day, what happens to your skin? You know better than me. So, implementing on any such hearsay fact can be more dangerous for you.

Our teeth are the most sensitive part of our oral cavity, responsible for leading the mastication process. In this advanced field of medicine, hearsay fact also known as Myths still own their superior place in our societies.

Similarly, dentistry is on the top of the list when we gather the health-related- myths, so, here I’m sharing you with the most commonly heard myths and their original facts, perhaps, after reading this entire description, you’ll analyze it rather you’re doing right or wrong with your teeth.


Myth #1: Sugar is only responsible for causing the cavities:

Cavities due to sugar


Do you know how cavities occur in your mouth? Well, when you consume the carbohydrates including sugar, vegetables, fruits and bread, the bacteria of mouth start producing the acids in the mouth, which leads to the cavities. If you’re consuming mostly, carbohydrates in your diet, then you’re highly susceptible to develop the cavities.

Include proteins in your diet too for reducing the chances of tooth decay and try to stay away from the acidic products.


Myth #2: Only children get the cavities:

children cavities


Nope, getting effected from the cavities is not limited to the children; yet, you can also get the tooth decay if you’re not maintaining the oral hygiene. Do you know? A recent study revealed that the adults and elders are more prone to develop cavities. Mostly, adults have the gum problems, which lead to the tooth decay.

Certain medications cause dry mouth as the side effect. Consequently, the dry mouth has the lowest amount of saliva due to which the bacteria and acids are not neutralized and causes the tooth decay. So, beware about that kind of medications, who have oral side effects.

Myth # 3: Don’t opt for the scaling option; they’re not good for your teeth:

scaling option


Totally wrong perspective! Scaling can help you to wash out the tartar and keeps our oral hygiene maintained. Anyhow, it also prevents the problem of bad breath and bleeding gums. In this way, scaling is advantageous for teeth and gums. You should visit the professional dentists for proficient cleaning of your teeth with the help of the ultrasonic scalar.

Myth #4: Teeth whitening damage the enamel:

teeth whitening


Several teeth whitening techniques are used for enhancing the natural color of your teeth, but this misconception is also rising in our society that the teeth whitening also harms your enamel. The fact behind the teeth whitening procedures like Zoom Whitening is that it works by removing the tartar flakes of your teeth and enlighten their natural color.

Whenever you go for the teeth whitening procedure, make sure that your dentist is not using any bleaching agents or chemicals that may cause harm to your teeth.

Myth #5: Diet coke is better option than the regular coke:

diet coke and regular coke


Seriously you love coke? You probably didn’t know that both of them are harmful to your teeth whether it is s diet soda or regular soda. Whenever we consume carbohydrates in any form, the bacteria stimulate the release of acidic content in our oral cavity, which further progresses to develop the cavities. So, if you’re thinking that diet soda will not cause cavities or other problems, and then you’ve been misleaded by anyone.

Myth #6: If your gums are bleeding then don’t brush them:

bleeding gums issues


This concept is partially correct, like if you have the bleeding gums problem then don’t brush them with too hard toothbrush or don’t brush on teeth too aggressively because that’ll eventually damage your gums, but if you’re brushing teeth slowly then it’ll not produce any harmful effect on it.

Do you know why brushing teeth are good for our teeth’s health? Because, it not only cleans your teeth, it also removes plaque and harmful bacteria of the gums and our tongue. In short, our oral cavities are germs free when we brush our teeth daily.

Myth #7: Sugarless chewing gum is the awesome substitute of brushing after meal:

sugarless chewing gum


Wrong substitute! Literally, nothing can be the best substitute of the brushing, sugarless chewing can neither properly clean your teeth nor it maintains the oral hygiene. But still, you want to use the sugarless chewing, and then don’t chew it for more than 10 minutes.

Myth #8: Visit the dentist only when there is a teeth problem:

teeth problems


Obviously, you’re not going to consult your dentist when you have a back problem 😀
But if you’re not consulting with your dentist even if you’re feeling deep pain in your tooth once in a while, then it is absolutely wrong . Though, the pain is not constant, but this could be an early alarm for you that some abnormality is developing in your tooth.

Likewise your regular medical checkups to your GP after every three months, also consult with the dentist for the dental examination, if your dental problem is detected in  the acute phase, it’ll be more easily treated.

Myth #9: Young children shouldn’t care for their baby teeth:

baby teeth


Yeah, baby teeth are not permanent but it should be cared like the permanent ones. Due to the non-maintenance of the baby teeth, the permanent teeth can be exposed to many problems. Permanent teeth’s malposition, misalignment problems, and early orthodontic problems are the common issues, occurred due to the loss of the baby teeth because of the cavities. So, we should educate young children about the measures of how to keep our teeth healthy.

Myth #10: Apply aspirin paste on the teeth, it’ll relief the pain:

aspirin paste


Do you massage your head with the aspirin paste when you’re suffering from headache? Most probably, your answer will be no; similarly, you shouldn’t apply the aspirin paste directly on the aching tooth, instead of making your tooth pain better; it’ll release acidic chemicals that’ll burn your gums and lips.

Still unconvinced with the above fact? Well, aspirin works as the painkiller when it is swallowed and absorbed in the digestive tract. So, if you’ve already made the aspirin paste and about to apply on your toothache then simply don’t apply it on your aching tooth.

Myth #11: Bad breathe is not equal to no brushing

bad breathe


Not brushing your teeth is not only the core culprit of the bad breaths, there are many other culprits of the bad breaths including, the most frequent eaten food (garlic and onion smell), pneumonia and poor dental hygiene.

If your colleague has the foul smelling breath, then maybe it has been suffering from pneumonia and that’s why, his breaths are smelling; so, some diseases also produce the oral odors which resolve later on.

Myth #12: Only hard bristle toothbrush can clean the teeth:

hard bristle toothbrush


If you want to damage your gums, root surfaces and tooth enamels, then you can use the hard- bristle brush, but if you want to protect the delicate parts of the tooth then don’t use the hard bristle brush at all. Most dentists recommend the soft-bristle toothbrush because it is the most safest and comfortable choice. For ensuring that your toothbrush is correct, make sure that their bristles have the rounded tips.

Myth #13: Always brush your teeth after having a meal:

brush teeth after meal


According to the standard rule, we should always brush our teeth before having a meal not after the meal. When we clean the plaque of our teeth before the meal, the bacteria of the oral cavity will not produce any acidic agents due to which the tooth decay will not develop  afterwards.

But when we brush after the meal, it’ll remove some stains and not stop the activity of bacteria, thus, you’ll develop the cavities. So, try to have the toothbrush session before attacking to your favorite meal.

Myth #14: Teeth polishing and Teeth cleaning are same:

teeth polishing and teeth cleaning


What is the difference in teeth polishing and teeth cleaning? Sounds similar?  Actually, both these terminologies are not same; teeth’s polishing is the procedure in which the tooth surface becomes smooth but the teeth’s cleaning is refers to the process in which the tartar, plaque and stains are removed from the teeth.

Teeth’s polishing procedure is done when your dentist thinks that there is a need to do so; after the polishing procedure, the bacteria couldn’t stick to the plaque and it prevents from the tooth decay. Hence, both these procedures are entirely different from each other.

Myth #15: Children are allowed to visit the dentist when they have the teeth:

Children teeth


Not importantly! There is no such rule about the first visit that if your child to the doctor when he/ she has their own teeth, your child’s first visit to the dentist should be after his first tooth come, usually 6- 12 months. Caries or baby bottle tooth decay should be detected at the early age, so that the dentist can take out the appropriate measures of treating it.


Hence, whenever anyone tell you about the hearsay facts, ask your dentist first about the hidden fact to have the bright smile and healthy teeth!

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