In order to have healthy teeth, it is important to know the truth about them. Unfortunately, there are many myths out there that can lead people astray when it comes to taking care of their pearly whites. In this blog post, we will debunk seven of the most common myths about teeth. Stay informed and keep your teeth healthy by reading on!
Myth #1: White teeth are healthy teeth.
The Truth: While white teeth may look good, they are not always an indication of a healthy mouth. In fact, many people can have perfectly healthy teeth that are not white. Conversely, some people may have unhealthy teeth that are still very white. This is because the natural tooth color is actually slightly tinted with yellow, red, or gray. The health of your teeth is more dependent on your oral hygiene habits than the color of your teeth.
Myth #2: Sugar rots teeth.
The Truth: It is not sugar itself that harms teeth, but rather the bacteria that feed on sugar. These bacteria produce acids that can break down tooth enamel and lead to decay. Therefore, it is important to brush and floss regularly to remove the sugar and bacteria from your mouth.
Myth #3: Baby teeth are not important.
The Truth: Baby teeth are actually very important for several reasons. First, they help guide permanent teeth into place. Second, they aid in chewing and speaking properly. Finally, baby teeth serve as a placeholder for adult teeth. Therefore, it is important to take care of baby teeth just as you would permanent teeth.
Myth #4: Teeth deteriorate with age.
The Truth: While it is true that teeth may yellow or become less strong with age, this does not mean that they will automatically deteriorate. Tooth loss is not a normal part of aging and it can be prevented by practicing good oral hygiene. With proper care, your teeth can stay healthy and strong well into old age.
Myth #5: Teeth whitening can hurt your teeth.
The Truth: When done correctly, teeth whitening is a safe and effective way to brighten your smile. However, it is important to consult with your dentist before undergoing any teeth whitening treatment, as certain products may not be suitable for your individual needs. In some cases, over the counter whitening products can potentially damage your teeth when they are not used properly. To prevent the risk of damage, you can have your teeth professionally whitened in a dental office.
Myth #6: Teeth are bones.
The Truth: Teeth are not actually bones, but rather a combination of hard and soft tissues. The hard outer layer of teeth is called enamel, while the softer inner layer is called dental pulp. In between the two layers lies the dentin, which is a porous layer that is weaker than enamel, but stronger than dental pulp. Together, these three tissues make up the tooth’s structure.
Myth #7: Tooth sensitivity is only caused by a loss of tooth enamel.
The Truth: While tooth enamel erosion can certainly lead to tooth sensitivity, there are other causes as well. Some common reasons for tooth sensitivity include gum recession, dental cavities, and exposed roots. If you are experiencing sensitivity in your teeth, be sure to consult with your dentist to find the underlying cause.
We hope that this blog post has helped to debunk some of the myths about teeth. Remember, proper oral hygiene is essential for keeping your teeth healthy and strong. If you have any concerns about your oral health, be sure to schedule an appointment with your dentist.
Dr. Sadati possesses extensive experience in all aspects of advanced restorative dentistry, with an emphasis in cosmetic and implant dentistry. He has attained Accredited Fellow status in the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD), the most rigorous, demanding credentialing process in the world. He is the only AACD Accredited Fellow in South Florida.