Four Common Myths about Oral Health
Do you believe any of these "facts"?
There are several common oral health MYTHS that we feel need to be addressed! Today, we’re going to set the record straight for four of them.
Alas: four oral health "facts" that are actually not facts at all:
Sugar is the direct cause of dental cavities
Sure, sugar is a heavy contributor to tooth decay! But it’s actually not what’s causing it directly. In fact, sugar is essentially the fuel used by a certain bacteria in our mouths (streptococcus mutans) to create acids that eat away at our valuable tooth enamel. So think of it this way: too many instances of sugar plus mouth bacteria over time = tooth decay. Sugar alone isn’t the culprit!
Yellow teeth aren’t as healthy as white teeth
False! Teeth that are more yellow in colour don’t necessarily indicate poorer health. Our teeth are susceptible to discolouring over time, especially when we consume certain staining foods and drinks regularly. It’s natural! But if you’re concerned about a yellow smile for cosmetic reasons (which is totally understandable), our Mississauga dentist offers a quick, safe and effective whitening treatment at our clinic!
Baby (primary) teeth don’t matter, because they fall out anyway
This is simply not true! It’s important to look after a child’s baby teeth from the moment they sprout… because if these teeth experience any issues, such as decay/cavities, this can have a direct impact on the permanent teeth waiting to sprout in their place. Talk to our dentist about ways you can ensure the health of your toddler’s smile from the very beginning.
Flossing is pointless
We think this is one of the most destructive oral health myths a person can believe. Flossing is totally necessary… it’s the only method that can remove bacteria and food debris from in between the teeth. Trust us, your tooth brush can’t clean these areas! And if you’re not removing bacteria from these areas daily, you’re putting your smile at risk for gum disease and interproximal tooth decay. It’s totally worth it to floss.
Well, did you ever believe any of these four oral health faux-facts? If so, we hope we’ve been able to clear things up for you!