Staying informed about your teeth is one of the most beneficial practices you can perform. If your teeth aren’t healthy, it can lead to complications in the rest of your body, so it’s important to know what’s going on with your dental health.
Unfortunately, in today’s world of the Internet and an over-abundance of information, it’s easy to get mislead by myths and misinformation about dental health. This can lead you to making poor decisions about your teeth, which can lead to even more complications.
So, instead of stumbling around in the dark, let LeDowns Dentistry debunk some of the most common dental myths for you.
Sugar Causes Cavities
It’s the myth that’s as old as time. You’ve heard it from your mom. You’ve heard it from your friend’s moms. You may have even heard it from your childhood dentists. Sugar causes cavities. This is suspect number one in our list of myths. And there’s some truth to it.
Sugar doesn’t cause the cavities. Instead, it’s the bacteria that feed off the sugar on your teeth. This means that you can’t continue to just eat a ton of sugar all the time. The more sugar on your teeth, the more food the bacteria have to eat.
Wisdom Teeth Should Always Be Removed
Many people today think that everyone’s wisdom teeth should be removed or else their entire mouth will suffer. While this may be true in some cases, it simply isn’t true in other cases. Another common myth that goes along with this idea is that wisdom teeth don’t serve any purpose. Many experts believe that wisdom teeth were the evolutionary results of our ancestors needing to eat coarser foods than we eat now. In today’s world, we consider these vestigial organs, like your appendix or tonsils.
If your wisdom teeth aren’t causing—and won’t cause—any serious complications in your mouth, it might be best to leave them be.
Teeth Whitening Damages Enamel
Another common myth in the dental world is that whitening your teeth can lead to serious enamel damage. It’s easy to see where this myth comes from. Teeth whitening uses chemicals such as hydrogen peroxide and carbamide peroxide to strip away the stains on the surface of your teeth. Some people thing that it goes even further and strips away the enamel, too. This isn’t true.
While most whitening kits are safe, we still recommend coming to our office to get professional whitening services.
You Should Use Mouthwash that Contains Alcohol
While mouthwash that contains alcohol has been linked to oral cancer cases for a long time, some recent studies have claimed that the only reason for those results were because the patients were smokers and drinkers. However, it’s still a myth that your mouthwash should contain alcohol. These kinds of mouthwashes dehydrate your mouth and can tamper with the natural bacteria that live in your mouth.
Ask if You’re Concerned
Remember that we’re always here to answer any questions you have about your dental care and health. If you read something online that you’re not sure about, don’t hesitate to ask us about it. We’re more than happy to help you feel comfortable with your routine oral care.