Dental Myths – Fact or Fiction?

White teeth are healthier than yellow teeth – MYTH

Whiter teeth do not necessarily mean healthier teeth. Our teeth have different shades, and the only true way to differentiate between good oral health and poor oral health, is the absence of cavities and freshness of breath.

It is good to brush immediately after a meal – MYTH

Your meal is rich in sugars and acids that soften the tooth enamel, and by brushing immediately after a meal, you are just likely to cover the teeth with residual acid.

It is best to wait 30 – 60 minutes, and you may rather choose to drink a glass of water, or chew sugar-free gum to clean your teeth.

Eating chewing gum is as good as brushing your teeth - MYTH

There is no alternative to brushing your teeth for 2 minutes, two or three times a day. There are some benefits to chewing sugar-free gum, as they are a good alternative to sugary lollies, and they create saliva, that is good for washing away acids in the mouth.

Brushing harder is better – MYTH

Brushing harder will achieve the opposite result, and may cause damage to the enamel and surrounding gum.

It is recommended to brush for 2 minutes, regularly, and with a soft bristled toothbrush.

You don’t need to floss, if you brush regularly – MYTH

Brushing alone will not clean your teeth properly. There are five sides to a tooth, and brushing the front, back, and top of the teeth is not enough, you have to get in there, and clean the sides too.

As your toothbrush can’t reach, it is ideal to floss every day.

Fluoridated water is bad for you - MYTH

Australia have enjoyed the benefits of fluoridated water for more than 30 years, and the benefits are widespread.

Gum disease only affects the mouth - MYTH

Gum disease is normally a sign of more serious issues health conditions, and can increase your risk of having a stroke, diabetes, and heart disease.

Teeth whitening damages the enamel of the tooth – MYTH

Teeth whitening that is conducted at a dental clinic is safe to use and will not cause enamel damage.

Diet drinks are a healthy alternative – MYTH

Unfortunately, the diet alternative of your favourite soft drink is very acidic, and can wear away the tooth enamel. Using a straw will minimise the damage.

Fruit juice is good for your oral health – MYTH

Fruit juices can be very acidic and sugary, and using a straw will protect your teeth.

You don’t need to see the dentist if there is nothing wrong with your teeth – MYTH

The Australian Dental Association (ADA) recommends that you see your dentist every 6 month for preventative visits.

During your routine visit it is recommended that you have a thorough examination and a professional clean.

You should replace your toothbrush every 3 months – FACT

The Australian Dental Association (ADA) recommends that we change our toothbrushes every 3 months.

Using an old toothbrush can negatively affect your oral health.

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