You have probably heard a lot of wisdom and advice about your teeth. However, many myths are hidden under dental knowledge and not everything that is said is true.
Tooth myth 1: tooth decay is in the genes and can be inherited
A common myth is the inheritance of tooth decay. And there are a few factors that promote tooth decay and are hereditary: the saliva flow rate, the mineral composition of the saliva, and the pH value in the mouth, which provides an optimal breeding ground for caries bacteria. Thus, saliva serves as a protection against acidic bacteria that cause tooth decay.
Our conclusion: As a dental disease, tooth decay is not hereditary because it is an infectious disease. Certain factors that can promote tooth decay can, however, be inherited.
Tooth myth 2: the harder you brush your teeth, the better
Brushing your teeth is an essential part of your daily routine. In principle, many people assume that the harder they are “scrubbed” the teeth will get cleaner. However, it is not the pressure exerted when brushing your teeth that are decisive, but the way you do it.
Brushing your teeth too hard can damage the enamel. This makes your teeth more sensitive as the upper protective layer is heavily attacked. It can lead to unpleasant inflammation of the gums.
Our conclusion: Excessive pressure attacks your teeth and can cause consequential damage. It is important to use the right cleaning technique to gently remove all bacteria.
Tooth myth 3: milk teeth do not need dental care
This myth has existed for many years. Many people believe that milk teeth do not require any special care, as they will fall out anyway and the permanent teeth will take over. This setting is wrong, because as soon as a milk tooth is affected by tooth decay or profound periodontitis, for example, the bacteria can spread and consequently affect the subsequent, permanent teeth. Besides, misaligned teeth can arise when deciduous teeth affected by decay fall out prematurely so that the next tooth erupts in a disadvantageous position.
Our conclusion: we must take care of milk teeth just like for our permanent teeth. Therefore, pay attention to optimal dental hygiene to avoid long-term effects such as dental diseases or the need for orthodontic treatments.
Tooth myth 4: Honey promotes tooth decay
We well know it that the regular consumption of sweet foods with high sugar content increases the risk of tooth decay. But scientists have found that natural honey has a dental healing effect. Because natural honey contains so-called inhibes (inhibitors), which counteract the development of caries bacteria. The disadvantage of these inhibitors is that they are sensitive to heat. Therefore, the honey does not work in hot beverages such as tea or milk.
Our conclusion: natural honey does not promote tooth decay, but it can prevent dental diseases. A spoonful of pure natural honey a day can help support your dental health besides general dental care and cleaning.
Tooth myth 5: bleeding gums can be ignored
This statement is a definite myth. Because bleeding gums can be a sign of serious dental diseases. In the simplest case, bleeding gums show inflammation of the gums, and if you ignore these symptoms, the entire dental system can become inflamed. Visit your dentist if your gums continue bleeding.
However, bleeding gums after using dental floss or interdental brushes are harmless. Bleeding gums disappear with the long-term use of interdental cleaning products.
Our conclusion: bleeding gums from dental floss or interdental brushes are harmless. Persistent bleeding gums are a warning sign of serious dental diseases.
Tooth myth 6: Brushing your teeth right after eating is good
Brushing your teeth is one of the most important factors in dental care. A common mistake is brushing your teeth right after eating. Because especially after eating acidic foods such as fruit or lemonade, it is important to wait at least 20 minutes before brushing your teeth. Because the acid softens our tooth enamel so that immediate tooth brushing can attack the tooth enamel.
Besides general dental care, you should also have a professional tooth cleaning (PZR) performed by your dentist every 6 months.
Our conclusion: wait before brushing your teeth after consuming acidic foods, as the oral cavity must first neutralize itself.