True or False? 10 Myths about Oral Health.

Just like most things in life, you cannot believe everything you see or hear. The following list will help you determine what is true and what is false when it comes to your oral health.

1.The More Sugar you eat, the more cavities you get.
This is false. When discussing cavities, it’s all about how long the sugar is in contact with your teeth, not the amount that was eaten.

2.Sugar free or diet soda are better for your teeth.
False. Carbonated beverages are highly acidic and are worse for your teeth than sugar. Bottom line, just drink water.

3.Celery is good for a strong smile.
True. Veggies that crunch like celery,carrots & radishes are high in fiber and water which help to clean your teeth as you snack.

4.Teeth Whiteners at the Dentist are Stronger than OTC Whiteners.
True. These whiteners are stronger and dramatically more expensive. To keep teeth from staining, avoid dark fruit juices, red wine, tea and coffee.

5.You Should Replace Your Toothbrush Every 3-4 Months.
True. Every season your tooth brush bristles should become soft and furry from consistent use and as this happens, they are doing less to clean your teeth. Now what if your tooth brush looks brand new after 3-4 months? Then you’re doing it wrong. You need to be brushing at least 2 times a day for a minimum of 2 minutes.

6.Everyone Needs to Use Mouth Rinse.
False. Everyone should brush and floss. Before starting a mouth rinse, consult with your dental care provider.

7.Diabetes and Osteoporosis increase your risk of losing teeth.
True. Diabetes can lead to sever gum disease & tooth loss. Osteoporosis causes bone loss & the meds used to treat it can cause poor healing, bone death and tooth loss.

8.Soft Bristle Toothbrushes are Best.
True. Hard bristles or brushing too hard can wear down the tooth surface and cause gum recession leading to tooth loss.

9.You should brush your teeth immediately after eating or drinking acidic things.
False. Wait 30 minutes to an hour before brushing. Brushing too soon can do more harm than good by grinding in those acids deeper into the tooth enamel. Right after consuming something with a high acid content, rinse your mouth with water, then brush at least 1/2 an hour later.

10.If you dont have Cavities, you won’t get Gum Disease.
False. Even if you avoid sugar, habits such as smoking, being too stressed, certain medications, obesity, heart disease, family history & poor nutrition can all cause gum disease. 3/4 people in the USA have gum disease. Treating it early can help lower the risk of tooth loss.