Myths and Truths about Oral Health

  • Useful Info   •   June 6, 2019

Let’s understand a few myths and truths about oral health

Is eating fruit before bedtime sufficient or beneficial to cleaning your teeth?

  • Wrong.
    Fruits contain a lot of sugar which increases the acidity of the oral cavity and creates an environment conducive to the excessive development of bacteria. Additionally, during the night, less saliva is secreted which leads to teeth exposure to an even higher level of acidity during the night.

Do acidic foods favor the appearance of tooth decay?

  • True.
    Acidic foods can destroy the outer shell of the tooth, making it more prone to degradation. The consumption of acidic foods such as natural juice, carbonated drinks should be accompanied by good dental hygiene.

Is sugar the only culprit for tooth decay?

  • Partly True.
    Acids produced by the bacteria in the oral cavity are those that lead to the appearance of caries, acids that result from the consumption of any type of carbohydrate: sugar, rice, potatoes, bread, pasta. Sugar plays an important role but cannot be considered the only “culprit”.

Can the same toothbrush be used without problems by more than one person?

  • Wrong.
    “Borrowing” the toothbrush leads to the transmission of bacteria from one person to another, which also means the transmission of oral diseases. To be avoided!

Does strong and prolonged brushing done several times a week have the same effect as normal brushing twice a day?

  • Wrong.
    Exercising increased pressure during brushing does not help with better cleaning, on the opposite, it can lead to gum sensibilization and in no case should replace brushing after each meal.

Does the grinding and clenching of teeth favor the appearance of caries?

  • Partly True.
    Pressure generated by clenching teeth can lead to cracking or even fracturing of the teeth, the cracks being the ones that create a favorable environment for caries formation.

Tooth decay commonly occur between teeth?

  • True.
    Indeed, the areas where the brush hardly reaches are the most prone to tooth decay. Therefore, brushing should be accompanied by use of dental floss as well as by use of mouthwash for removing bacteria.

Should all wisdom teeth be extracted?

  • Wrong.
    As long as wisdom teeth have erupted and developed properly, they should not be removed. Extraction is required only if they become problematic, present increased risk of repeated infections, increased retention of dental plaque and caries difficult to treat.

Does applying aspirin to the painful tooth reduce pain?

  • Wrong.
    Aspirin can only help if swallowed and not when locally applied. When locally applied, its acid can affect gingival tissue, even leading to dental abscesses.

Can proper dental hygiene prevent tooth decay?

  • True.
    Indeed, regular brushing, flossing, and mouthwatering remove bacteria and prevent gingival problems.

Does a person know when a tooth decay occurred and only then he or she should go to the dentist?

  • Wrong.
    When a person notices that he or she has a tooth problem, it means that the process has begun for a long time and could have been stopped and treated without major degradation. The only way to detect caries on time is through regular dental consultation.

See your dentist regularly. Schedule for professional cleaning and for periodic checks to prevent or for early identification of the possible problems that may arise.