Oral care: myths & facts

Before carrying on with any oral care treatment, we bring you a few myths on dental care that you need to bust right now.

Myth 1: Scaling is not good for the teeth

Fact: Scaling removes tartar and keeps teeth and gums healthy. Scaling and deep cleaning of gums prevent the problem of bad breath and bleeding gums. However, too much scaling can be harmful. Ensure you follow your dentist recommendations.

Myth 2: Only sugar causes cavities
Fact: Cavities occur when bacteria produce acids in the mouth. The process can begin by any carbohydrate that you consume.

Myth 3: Brushing your bleeding gums is bad

Fact: Brushing is not only good on teeth, but also on your gums and tongue. Brushing these areas helps get rid of plaque – that causes inflammation and eventually gum disease.

Myth 4: Chewing gum is not good for your teeth

Fact: Chewing sugar-free gum can clean your teeth after a meal and has the added benefit of promoting salivary flow – which helps the overall cleaning.

Myth 5: Flossing is secondary and won’t affect teeth health

Fact: Flossing is an extra step many of us tend to skip when brushing the teeth. If you don’t floss, you are not cleaning almost 33% of your tooth surface that regular brushing can’t reach and that leads to build-up of bacteria, which causes gum disease, decay and tooth pain. Flossing is essential.


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