Dental Myths Exposed

There is a lot of misinformation floating around the medical and dental communities. Whether it’s a friend reassuring you that bubblegum doesn’t digest for 8 years if you swallow it or a rumor you heard on the internet concerning the regenerative properties of ginseng root; it is hard to know if your information is reliable. We here at DC Dental have compiled a list of some dental myths that have been debunked by the likes of the Discovery Channel, Web MD, and some Dental Hygienists. It’s time to set the record straight and get some of the more popular dental myths exposed.

Myth #1

Bleaching Weakens Teeth

In the past decade the homegrown dental whitening business has been booming. What used to cost upwards of $200 for an inpatient dental whitening procedure can be done in the comfort of your home while you enjoy your evening programs. But some people are quick to judge these bleaching products, claiming that they can weaken the enamel of teeth. The truth is bleaching products are generally harmless if they are used as directed on the package. Bleaching tools like Crest White Strips are used primarily to improve the appearance of teeth. Very few bleaching strips contain the necessary chemicals to have an effect on the health or strength of teeth.  Conversely, if you use bleaching tools and you don’t brush, your teeth will look great but won’t be healthy!

Myth #2

Mouthwash can be substitute for flossing or brushing

This one should not come a surprise to people who pay attention to their dentist when they are sitting back in that comfy chair with the light in their eyes. Products like Listerine are used primarily as  a  “rinse”  after brushing to give your mouth a fresh feeling, but it does little to remove the plaque that builds up between and on teeth. Plaque is where bacteria build up the most in the mouth. There are some products that are more helpful than your average Listerine; ask your dentist about tooth and gum tonic.

Myth #3

Children are more Susceptible to Cavities than Adults.

With the help of sealants, fluoridated water, and preventative care cavities are just risky for adults as they are for kids. However, new research has indicated that senior citizens are actually at a higher risk for cavities from medicines that dry out the mouth, for example, reduce saliva which is essential for the fight against tooth decay.

Myth #4

Aspirin Placed Next To or on a Tooth with Reduce Pain Immediately

This is an old wives tale that has been perpetuated ever since the fifties. The truth is: aspirin is acidic so if you do place it next to your tooth you actually run the risk of creating an abscess which is definitely something you want on top of an already sore tooth!