Oral hygiene… numerous beliefs, common preconception and recommendations that are at variance with each other can lead to confusion or make us have wrong habits. Here are 8 true/false facts about your oral hygiene to separate fact and fiction.
1. Brushing your teeth vigorously is more efficient to remove the dental plaque.
A vigorous toothbrushing is not recommended by the specialists. By brushing your teeth too hard, you may damage your enamel, irritate your gums, and increase the risk of tooth sensitivity. It is recommended to brush your teeth softly during at least 2 minutes.
2. Soft bristled toothbrushes are less effective
People often believe that hard bristled toothbrushes are more efficient to remove the dental plaque, but it’s not true. Soft bristled ones are also effective. The perfect combo for a good toothbrushing:
a soft bristled toothbrush + a meticulous and soft toothbrushing.
3. Brushing the tongue is not necessary
TRUE AND FALSE
It depends on your production of saliva. Indeed, your tongue cleans itself fairly well thanks to the saliva. So, you don’t need to brush it. In addition, you may damage your taste buds and destroy the healthy bacteria that are essential for your digestion by brushing your tongue too often.
You can brush your tongue only if: you smoke, you take medication that induce white deposits on your tongue, or if you tend to have a dry mouth which means it doesn’t produce enough saliva to clean your tongue.
4. Using a fluoride toothpaste is better
Fluoride toothpaste strengthen and protect your teeth against cavities. Did you know that fluorine is a natural component of your teeth and bones? Therefore, the fluorine contained in the toothpaste is going to infiltrate your tooth enamel more easily and strengthen it.
5. Teeth whitening is dangerous for the teeth
The European legislation requires a peroxide hydrogen content inferior to 0,1% in whitening gels. Keeth’s ones meet this standard, with less than 0,1% of peroxide hydrogen.
There are safe for your teeth and you can whiten them at home without worrying.
6. Sugar-free sodas are safe
Sugar-free or not, sodas are acidic beverages (like fruit juice, by the way). They also demineralize your enamel, making it more vulnerable to cavities. Use a straw to avoid spreading soda into your mouth. Careful: even with a straw your molar teeth are still exposed!
7. Sugar-free chewing-gums replace toothbrushing
You are at work and it’s not possible for you to brush your teeth? You may have been told that chewing a sugar-free gum is enough, yet it will never completely replace a good old toothbrushing. Even if free-sugar gums are beneficial: they increase the production of saliva to flush the food residues out and contribute in neutralizing the acidity of your mouth after a meal. But nothing is better than your toothbrush!
8. A bad oral hygiene can have dangerous impacts on your health
If you have oral and dental diseases, you have to know that these bacteria can spread in your whole body via the bloodstream and induce other diseases such as heart diseases ones for example. Take care of your mouth to protect your whole body!