Do you know what the truth is about your teeth? There are many myths out there that can be harmful to your oral health. In this blog post, we will dispel seven of the most common myths about teeth. Stay informed and keep your smile healthy by reading on!
Myth # One: White teeth are healthy teeth.
This is not always the case! A tooth can be white and still have a lot of cavities. The health of your teeth comes from more than just their color, especially since the natural color of teeth tends to be slightly colored. Make sure to visit your dentist for regular checkups and cleanings to keep your smile looking and feeling its best.
Myth # Two: Sugar rots teeth.
While it is true that sugar can cause cavities, it is not the only factor. The bacteria in your mouth convert the sugars into acids, which then eat away at your tooth enamel. You can help prevent cavities by brushing and flossing regularly, as well as eating a healthy diet that is low in sugar.
Myth # Three: Baby teeth are not important.
This could not be further from the truth! Baby teeth are essential for proper development of your child’s mouth, gums, and jaw. They also help to maintain space for the adult teeth to come in properly. It is important to care for your child’s baby teeth and take them to the dentist for regular checkups.
Myth # Four: Teeth deteriorate with age.
While it is true that our teeth do not stay as white and shiny as they once were, this does not mean that they are deteriorating. With good oral hygiene habits and regular visits to the dentist, your teeth can last a lifetime.
Myth # Five: Teeth whitening can hurt your teeth.
This is another myth that is simply not true. When performed by a qualified dentist, teeth whitening is a safe and effective way to brighten your smile. In fact, it is one of the most popular cosmetic dental procedures today. In some cases, over the counter whitening treatments can cause damage to the teeth and gums when not performed according to the directions. Therefore, to decrease this risk, you can simply opt to have your teeth professionally whitened by a dental professional.
Myth # Six: Teeth are bones.
Teeth are not actually bones. They are made up of a hard outer layer of enamel, which is the hardest substance in the human body. The enamel is then covered by a softer layer of dentin, which is composed of microtubules leading from the enamel to the pulp. Underneath the dentin is the pulp, which contains blood vessels and nerves.
Myth # Seven: Tooth sensitivity is only caused by a loss of tooth enamel.
This is not always the case! Tooth sensitivity can be caused by a number of factors, including gingivitis, receding gums, and dental cavities. If you are experiencing tooth sensitivity, it is important to visit your dentist for a diagnosis and treatment plan.
We hope this article has helped to dispel some of the myths about teeth. Keep in mind that the truth is always the best policy when it comes to your oral health! For more information, or to schedule a dental appointment, please contact our office today.
Dr. Alina Huang has been practicing dentistry in Manhattan for the last eight years. She was born in New York City, and raised in California where she received her Bachelor’s degree at UCLA, and her D.D.S. at the University of the Pacific in San Francisco. She then made her return to NYC where she completed her General Practice Residency at Montefiore Medical Center and has been working in private practice ever since. She continues her learning by attending courses to stay current with the latest advancements in dentistry and refine her skills.