One of the body parts that many have chosen to take lightly is the mouth and its health is very much as important as other parts of the body. This article is intended to widen your horizon and broaden your knowledge on dental health.
What is Dental Health?
Dental is a term used in relation to one’s teeth (…relating to your teeth) and health is the general condition of your body. So combining these definitions, dental health is the general condition of your teeth. It goes further as to describing how clean it is, the strength of each tooth, the state of the gums and much more.
Are there myths about dental health?
We must have heard a lot of speculations about our teeth and its care, and most times we have been led on the wrong path of knowledge as these supposed truths don’t have medical backings and should be taken as a false message.
Below are some of the myths associated with oral/dental health:
- Tooth decay is mainly caused by sugar: You must have heard that excessive consumption of sugary foods will cause tooth decay. This is not totally true. While sugar plays a role in tooth decay, it is not the main/only cause of tooth decay. Acids from naturally occurring bacteria in the mouth combine with saliva resulting in plaque build-up on the teeth.
- Gum disease isn’t very common: A study by the Centres for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) indicates that 47 percent of adults from age 30 upwards have some form of gum disease. 64 percent of adults from age 65 upwards have either moderate or severe gum disease. So, gum disease is actually very common.
- Having diabetes means you’ll have gum disease: This is not totally accurate as having diabetes is not a free pass to having gum disease. Though diabetes affects the processing of sugar in the body and thus may lead to issues with the heart, kidneys, eyes, and nerves. The poor regulation of the blood sugar makes it hard to curb common issues but it doesn’t cause an infection of the gums.Those who have diabetes can still do without having their gums infected; they just need to take adequate care of their teeth as much as every other part of the body.
- The more you brush your teeth, the healthier they will be: Too much application of some activities is not good and such is the case of over-brushing the teeth. Over-brushing the teeth will not make them healthier or whiter, it will only tend to the wearing of the teeth due to the abrasive property of toothpaste. Constant rinsing of the mouth is advised instead and the twice-a-day brushing routine.
- Teeth whitening are harmful as it can damage the teeth: “Nothing good comes easy” is a statement of fact as the whitening process is a good thing and it is not harmful and won’t affect the enamel when it is done professionally. There are various teeth whitening products, but it is better and safer to get a recommendation from the dentist and ensure that it is done by a professional or with the right procedure. Though it may cause gum redness on a short term,it isn’t harmful.
After carefully considering some common myths, it is expected to re-brand your knowledge on the topic.
Is brushing the teeth enough?
In taking care of the teeth, brushing alone is not enough as there are parts the brush cannot reach and rinsing cannot clean, so there is a need to floss the teeth.Flossing helps to clean the teeth better as it cleans the spaces between the teeth. Floss comes with various qualities but it is safer to get a recommendation from your dentist than to go for any brand. Though they will all attempt to do the work, get a dentist to recommend one for you for safety reasons.
For effectiveness, flossing should be done daily and most preferably after brushing. It prevents gum diseases, tooth decay and also bad breath. It also has to be done right, so while getting a recommendation,you should confirm the procedure from the dentist.