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The 6 Most Dangerous Dental Hygiene Myths

There are probably more myths and rumours about dental hygiene than actual facts, most of which are false. It is said that lies spread faster than the truth, and this also applies here. And not only that: Much of the nonsense we hear every day about how exactly our dental hygiene has to be done unfortunately gets stuck somewhere in the brain. And after some time and enough distraction from the subject, we can no longer distinguish the facts from the myths.

So that you don't make mistakes based on these myths, we have listed them here again and show you exactly what you can do wrong and should do right.

Myth number 1: toothbrushing should be done directly after eating

It's perfectly correct that you should brush your teeth after eating and not before. However, there are situations where you should wait some time before brushing your teeth. We are talking about acidic foods such as fruit juices, lemonades or fruits, for example.

This is because chemical reactions take place on our teeth while eating as well as during every tooth brushing session. However, these reactions must first be completed so that the enamel does not suffer any damage.

This is particularly the case for acidic foods. Once we have consumed such foods, our tooth enamel is relatively soft and vulnerable for about 20 to 30 minutes. In order to change this, the oral cavity must first neutralize itself again. This happens through the saliva.

Myth number 2: bleeding gums is not as bad as you think it is

Here, too, there is a right and a wrong: If you clean your teeth with dental floss, toothpicks or interdental brushes, for example, sometimes bleeding can occur. But that's not too tragic, because here only the surface of the gums is a little irritated. This usually stops after a few minutes. And the more often you use these methods for dental hygiene, the more resistant the gums become and the rarer the bleeding.

However, if bleeding of the gums also occurs during the day, even though teeth have already been brushed a few hours ago, then this is more serious. In this case, bleeding can be an indicator of diseases that should not be underestimated. If you are lucky, it is "only" an inflammation of the gums. If you or your dentist leave it untreated, it can develop into an inflammation of the entire gums.

Myth number 3: honey promotes caries

Here it depends on whether you eat sugar-sweetened honey or natural honey. While the former, similar to jam or chocolate spread, promotes the formation of caries due to its high sugar level, natural honey actually has the opposite effect. In the meantime, scientists have come to agree that natural honey contains inhibitors that prevent or at least severely impede the development of caries bacteria from the outset.

So you can do something for your dental health even at breakfast and not only when brushing your teeth afterwards. But be careful: the inhibitors do not work in combination with hot substances, such as in tea.

Myth number 4: milk teeth do not need to be brushed

Even with the best will in the world, we at SmileMeUp simply can't figure out how exactly this rumor can hold up so persistently. The background to this is the belief of many people that damage to the milk teeth does not spread to the following permanent teeth. But with just a little common sense, it must be obvious to anyone that the permanent teeth do not develop overnight, just pop up and appear all of a sudden. The change of teeth is a fluent process, and even if the milk teeth all fall out in one night and the permanent teeth come out directly, they have nevertheless developed hidden in the gums for weeks or months before.

It is therefore extremely important that the milk teeth are cleaned and cared for regularly from the very beginning. Otherwise, periodontitis or similar serious diseases can also spread from the milk teeth to the permanent teeth. In the latter case, malocclusion of the teeth can also occur, which can lead to premature loss of the milk teeth in particular.

Myth number 5: Brushing your teeth with firm pressure

The myth is that the harder you press the toothbrush onto your teeth while brushing, the easier it is to remove dirt from your teeth. But this is not the truth. In fact, it only damages the gums and enamel. Rather, it depends on the way in which you brush your teeth rather than on the pressure you exert.

Myth number 6: Caries complaints are inheritable

Caries bacteria develop, multiply and settle if the teeth are not regularly and thoroughly cleaned of them. For example, someone with perfect dental hygiene may not have any problems with tooth decay, but may let hygiene slide to such an extent that after a short time the teeth have brown spots and holes in them that can even reach the root of the tooth. However, if the hygiene is restored from before, it is also possible that the caries problems disappear completely and the teeth are as healthy as before.

But the bacteria themselves are not hereditary. The only things that can be inherited in this respect are factors such as the salivary flow rate, its mineral composition and the PH value in the oral cavity. If this is in a certain range, it can promote caries, that is correct. But the bacteria themselves cannot be passed down from generation to generation. Their occurrence is a purely individual phenomenon.

Conclusion: some myths can even be dangerous

If you don't inform yourself properly or in time about the various myths and rumors you get to hear from time to time, this can be dangerous. As already mentioned at the beginning, it is difficult to distinguish between facts and myths after a certain time – if you don't get informed regularly. And if dental hygiene is incorrectly handled, based on these myths, severe complaints, illnesses and even pain can develop very quickly.


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