Dental Myths Debunked
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1 September 2022

Dental Myths Debunked

Dental health is extremely important and it plays a huge role in the maintenance of the overall well-being of the human body. The problems that arise in the mouth can be indicators of another problem in the body.  


Dental problems and concerns have increased in recent times owing to our various food habits, dental care, etc. There is a lot of misconception that is floating around on the internet and is circulated by hearsay. To have strong teeth and oral health, proper information and knowledge about it are necessary.  


So, here are a few myths about dental health that need to be debunked. 


  1. Scaling weakens the teeth: Scaling and cleaning is the process of removing any kind of build-up or deposits on the teeth. This prevents tooth decay and loss of bone below the tooth. It also improves gum health. However, this process causes sensitivity for a few days after the treatment and later subsides. This sharp pain post-treatment is not harmful and hence does not weaken the teeth. Regular scaling and cleaning by the dentist will help in having strong and clean teeth.
  2. Only sugar intake causes cavity: The tooth cavity is caused due to the acid produced by the bacteria on the teeth. This can happen with sugars as well as carbohydrates. Keeping a watch on the food intake will help to keep cavities at bay. Avoid fried items and refined food to reduce the chances of cavities. Brushing your teeth twice a day is the most important part of oral care. It stops the bacteria to produce acids and keeps teeth healthy.
  3. A hard-bristled toothbrush is more effective than the soft one: The softness of the bristles is an important factor to consider when choosing a toothbrush. Hard bristles can sometimes cause more harm by scratching out the enamel coating on the teeth. It increases the chances of cavities. Thus if sensitive teeth are brushed with hard bristles there are high chances of enamel erosion. Hence, a hard bristled brush can be counterproductive if used on sensitive teeth.  


  1. White teeth are healthy teeth: Teeth whitening or bleaching is a popular service these days. Many consider white and clean teeth healthy, but it is not the color of the teeth that signifies health. The natural color of the teeth varies from person to person so instead of the color, the health of the teeth can be measured by fresh breath, having zero cavities, less sensitivity, etc. The dentist always suggests cleaning your teeth twice every day to maintain your health. This whitening process is merely a cosmetic procedure. 


  1. Oral health deteriorates as you grow older: Many people think old age brings a lot of dental issues. It is not completely true. Rather, unhygienic oral care habits lead to the deterioration of oral health. With proper care and habits like regular brushing, cleaning, and flossing it is very much possible to have teeth in excellent condition even in your old age. Thus, regular checkups and consultation visit to dentists is very important. 


Wrap Up! 


Dental health has a lot of myths around it apart from the ones mentioned above. It is always advised to consult a dentist and take a proper decision on the treatment of any dental concerns instead of taking decisions out of ignorance.