As with any topic, the subject of oral care is not without its fair share of myths and misconceptions. And with so much false information circulating on the Internet, here is an important tip to remember: Netizens do not know better than your dentist.
False and misleading information can be dangerous to your bright smile and your health, which is why it is so important to always consult qualified dental professionals on any concerns you may have.
Ready to bust some myths? Let’s take a look at some of the most common misconceptions out there.
Oral Care Myth 1: Dental health has no impact on overall health
Your oral microbiome is your body’s second largest and most diverse microbiome with over 700 species of bacteria and other microorganisms that are important for your health and wellbeing. That’s why poor oral hygiene can increase your risk for disease in other parts of your body.
Gum disease increases the risk of heart disease and is more common among diabetics. Besides that, bacteria and other germs can easily spread from the mouth to other areas of the body through blood flow. If it spreads to the heart, it can cause damage and inflammation.
Oral Care Myth 2: Brushing harder cleans your teeth better
Brushing too hard can damage the tooth enamel and delicate gum tissue, leading to other problems such as gum recession. Brush gently for two minutes using the GLISTER Multi-Action Toothbrush. Dentists recommend soft bristles, but you can choose medium bristles – just remember to be gentle.
Oral Care Myth 3: The coloured bars on toothpaste tubes are important
Some claim that the different colours of the bars on the bottom of toothpaste tubes indicate the use of various ingredients. However, the coloured rectangle has nothing to do with the toothpaste’s formulation; it is simply a mark made during the manufacturing process.
These marks come in many colours and are read by light beam sensors to notify machines where the packaging should be cut, folded, or sealed. Don’t worry – if you want to know what’s in your GLISTER Multi-Action Toothpaste, you can easily refer to the ingredients printed on its carton.
Oral Care Myth 4: Flossing daily is just a waste of time
Please don’t skip this step; regular flossing is a key part of maintaining good oral health as it removes up to 80% of plaque. Plaque deposits promote tooth decay so do remove them at least once a day with the GLISTER Multi-Action Dental Floss.
Oral Care Myth 5: Sugar from sweet treats causes cavities
Surprise! Sugary foods may contribute to the formation of cavities but it’s not the sugar itself that causes the problem. The real culprit is the bacteria that eats the sugar left behind on your teeth long after you’ve finished your dessert.
Bacteria is quick to produce an acid compound that promotes tooth decay so it is good to rinse and brush after meals to reduce plaque build-up. Finish your oral care routine with the GLISTER Multi-Action Oral Rinse to be sure.
Oral Care Myth 6: Chewing gum is as effective as brushing
Wrong! Chewing gum is not a replacement for proper brushing, flossing and rinsing. While sugar-free chewing gum can increase the flow of saliva and help reduce plaque acid, it is still nowhere near as effective as a complete oral care system. If you need a little something for fresh breath on the go or a quick refresher after meals, use the GLISTER Mint Refresher Spray.
Oral Care Myth 7: Kids don’t need to brush baby teeth
Although they will eventually lose their baby teeth, it is important for children to practise a regular oral care regimen to avoid lifelong complications later on. Kids should start brushing twice per day as soon as they have teeth and they can start flossing as soon as the gaps between their teeth have closed. Older children who are able to gargle safely may also begin using mouthwash.
Oral Care Myth 8: The whiter your teeth, the healthier they are
Even white teeth can become discoloured over time through staining or damage. Artificial whitening is a temporary measure that leaves the underlying cause of discolouration unaddressed and over-whitening with harmful ingredients can damage your enamel too.
Oral Care Myth 9: It’s totally normal for gums to bleed
Strong healthy gums should not bleed. Bleeding gums during brushing or flossing is caused by inflammation of the gums. This can be due to excessive plaque build-up, gingivitis, gum disease or other causes. Do contact your dentist for an exam as soon as possible.
Oral Care Myth 10: If you have no oral health concerns, you don’t need to see a dentist
A dental exam is the best way to spot problems before they start. The longer problems go undetected or untreated, the harder they are to treat. Everyone should see a dentist twice a year to maintain optimal oral health so be sure to schedule routine dental check-ups for the whole family.
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