Teeth experts say so much, often the exact opposite, that it’s easy to get confused by the abundance of information. We decided to refute several common misconceptions about how to maintain dental health.
Yellow teeth - unhealthy
This is a misconception caused by the flourishing of aesthetic dentistry. A dazzling white smile is associated with health. But this is not the case. Dentin - the bone tissue underneath the tooth enamel - can have different shades of white in different people, and this is not a pathology. In addition, dentin also turns yellow with age.
To avoid breath odor, you need to brush your teeth
This is only true when bad breath is caused by bacteria on the teeth. But this is very often not the case. Not to mention onions and garlic, a bad smell can be the cause of putrefactive processes in the intestines, dry mouth with diabetes, bacteria with sore throat, etc.
Brushing your teeth after meals
You don't need to brush your teeth after every meal. Moreover, it can be harmful. For example, after eating acidic foods such as citrus fruits, the enamel is weakened and more damaged by cleaning. Serious doctors recommend brushing your teeth at least an hour after eating and advise you to get rid of the habit of doing it not before, but after breakfast.
You cannot suck your finger and nipple - teeth will be crooked
This is a very common household delusion of grandmothers. In fact, neither the nipple, nor the bottle, nor the finger will cause any problems until the age of 4 - by this age, most often the habit itself dies off. But if not, then really the teeth may not form properly.
Chocolate is very harmful to teeth
The Japanese have recently discovered that the portion of the cocoa beans from which chocolate is made contains bactericidal agents that prevent tooth decay. That is, among sweets, chocolate is the least safe, although not healthy, since it contains a lot of sugar.
Do not touch your teeth until they hurt
This is another misconception that has been developed to counter the obsession of dental health manufacturers. But here it is necessary to agree with dental propaganda: caries can develop imperceptibly if the process is open, not inside the tooth. Then the bacteria are flushed out with saliva and no pain occurs. So the diagnosis of teeth really needs to be done every six months.
Chewing gum is useless
This is what homebrew experts often say. But it is actually useful if sugar-free. It enhances the production of saliva, which destroys acid, flushes out bacteria, and also contains calcium and phosphate, which remineralize teeth.