2. “If my teeth don’t hurt, they must be healthy.”
By the time that tooth decay erodes the surface of your teeth to the point that you feel pain, the decay is already quite advanced. Although your teeth may not be causing you pain, in reality you could be suffering from early stage tooth decay without even realising. With regular dental check-ups, your dentist will be able to identify and treat cavities before they develop.
3. “Using a hard toothbrush will clean your teeth more thoroughly than a soft toothbrush”
Although you may feel like you get a more effective clean using a toothbrush with hard bristles, you may actually be damaging your pearly whites. Harder bristles can result in abrasion and removal of the surface enamel of the tooth, as well as wearing away your gums over time A soft-bristled toothbrush — used properly — will clean the teeth effectively with a lower risk of enamel loss.
4. “Diet fizzy drinks are okay to consume because they don’t contain sugar”
Although they may contain less sugar, diet fizzy drinks still contain high levels of citric, carbonic, or phosphoric acid and can erode the surface of the tooth enamel, weakening the surface and increasing your risk of cavities. We recommend drinking water flavoured with slices of fresh cucumber and mint leaves for a refreshing, tooth-friendly alternative.
5. “You should brush your teeth right away after eating something sugary”
It may seem like a good idea to brush your teeth immediately after eating something sugary in order to remove any food particles from your teeth and to minimise the amount of time your teeth are under attack from acid causing bacteria. But brushing within an hour of finishing a meal can actually damage your tooth enamel!
This is due to the fact that while eating, the enamel of your teeth may become exposed to acid, weakening it and making it more susceptible to erosion. After a meal, it is best to thoroughly rinse your mouth out with water or chew sugarless gum to increase saliva production. After about an hour your saliva has had time to re-harden your tooth enamel and you are free to brush away!
Published: February 03, 2016