Dental Truths or Myths?

Dental myths

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Does the coke dissolve your teeth overnight? Do you need to brush after every meal? There are a lot of myths about teeth and brushing practices. Let us find out if they are truths or myths.

Myth: It is okay to use the same toothbrush after a viral infection or a sore throat.
Truth: Germs are very sneaky; they hide anywhere they  get a chance. Toothbrush bristles are the best place to hide.  So, it is very important  that you change the toothbrush after any cold, the flu, a mouth infection or sore throat.

Myth: Always put a plastic cap to protect your toothbrush.
Truth: While it is okay to put a plastic cap during travel, a wet toothbrush should never be covered. Moist areas are best for the growth of germs. The toothbrush should be left out in the open air in an upright position to dry out.

Myth: There should be abundant heaping of the paste on the brush as the TV commercials show.
Truth: Nope, the advertisements show that because they want to increase the sales of their toothpaste. Only squeeze on a pea-sized amount of paste on the top half of your brush.The brush should be held correctly at a 45-degree angle and brush inside, outside and between your teeth, the paste should foam enough to cover all of your teeth.

Myth: Cleaning your teeth with salt help whiten your teeth.
Truth: It is a very bad idea to brush your teeth with salt. It will not whiten teeth. In fact, it can hurt your gum and remove the enamel because it is harsh. Even though your teeth may look brighter after cleaning with salt, you should immediately see a dentist for the repairing your teeth.

Myth: You don’t need to see  a dentist if you are not feeling pain.
Truth: You should go for regular dentists visits. Twice a year visits are a must. Sometimes, even when the teeth look healthy there might be something wrong going inside. It is better to spot the problem early on and treat it.

Oh wait, we still have to answer if your teeth will dissolve if you have too much coke. No, not at all. The problem is not with eating sugar; the problem lies with not cleaning your teeth properly afterwards. Sugar or food leads to the growth of bacteria, which damage the tooth.

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