We all have our misconceptions about a range of topics. When it comes to our health, we often like to think we know what we’re talking about. And once we’ve latched onto an idea, it can be hard to let go, no matter what anyone tells us. But thinking the wrong thing about how to stay healthy can be damaging for our bodies. Looking after your teeth and your entire mouth as an essential everyday task. However, many of us have incorrect beliefs about how to carry out proper oral hygiene. If we correct these, we can keep our teeth healthier for longer.
1. The Whiter, the Better
In the U.S. and some other nations, many people are obsessed with white teeth. They see shiny, white teeth as being a sign of good health. However, white teeth don’t equal healthy teeth. And teeth in other shades aren’t necessarily unhealthy either. Teeth come in a range of natural colors, which might be slightly cream, yellow, or brown. Of course, we can also stain our teeth with things like nicotine and coffee. These are only cosmetic concerns and don’t affect the overall health of your teeth.
2. Sugar Is the Main Cause of Tooth Decay
Many people are now very wary of sugar and what it can do to your teeth. While you are right to try and avoid processed sugars, they aren’t the only cause of tooth decay. Sugar is only one of the things that can affect your mouth, along with bacteria and acid. What’s most important is how good your oral hygiene is. If you limit your sugar consumption but have poor oral health, you can still get tooth decay.
3. Direct Contact with Aspirin Helps a Toothache
When you have an excruciating toothache, you’ll try anything to get it to go away. One of the recommendations many people make is to put an aspirin tablet on your tooth or gum. The suggestion is that this will help to numb the pain. However, doing this could have the opposite effect. You can burn your gum by giving it direct contact with a pill or even an oral gel.
4. There’s No Need to Floss
A lot of us forget about flossing after we brush our teeth. Those that don’t forget to know that we should do it, but can’t be bothered. However, it’s an essential part of your oral hygiene routine. You could be missing cleaning up to a third of the surface area of your teeth if you don’t floss. It helps to clean between your teeth, which isn’t easy to do with just a toothbrush.
5. Bleaching Is Dangerous
For those who do want pearly white teeth, there’s no need to worry about the safety of bleaching. Or, at least, you usually don’t have to worry. Bleaching your teeth is safe, so long as you do it correctly. Using concentrations that are too high is not a good idea, but your dentist should know what they’re doing.
If you believed any of these myths, you can now start doing the right thing. Spread the message so other people can correct their misconceptions too.