Brushing, flossing and using mouthwash are all great forms of dental hygiene but like all other health regimens the reason behind doing these things or what causes one to have to do these small but tedious steps on a regular basis are not always clear. Many times people with poor dental health are misinformed about traditional hygiene and by steps taught by elders in the family. For instance, eating sugar is not just the root of poor dental health (starches can be just as bad.)
Frequent Brushers: Contrary to popular belief frequent, brushing does not constitute a perfectly healthy smile. In fact as a person places pressure on the teeth it wears out the enamel. Over time, brushing with quick hard strokes for long periods of time to gain healthy and white teeth is done all in vain. The long-term is thinning of enamel, which may appear yellowish or grayish color, are beyond repair at home.
Toothpicks and the fear of gaping teeth: Toothpicks do not widen gaps in teeth especially if they are used correctly. They may in fact be used to perform the same tasks as dental floss. If one rinses the mouth immediately after eating and then uses a toothpick to get food out of those hard to reach places they have accomplished a great feat, as this contributes to the upkeep of a healthy smile.
Sugar Myth: This is a myth that has been told for ages. However many foods we eat contain sugars like fruit juices, and natural fruits that contain their own sweeteners. Nevertheless carbohydrates and starchy foods like rice and pastries and bread mix with the juices in the saliva formed in the mouth and together they create an acidic potion that causes one to have cavities. Moreover exposing ones his teeth to these foods are not the thing that causes cavities. It is the prolonged exposure which causes tooth decay.
Children get cavities faster? : Toothy adults who wonder why their teeth are missing as a responsible adult? Well it is apparent that children are not the only ones who are susceptible or even more susceptible to tooth decay. In fact persons who take certain medications may have a greater chance of losing teeth.
Some medication make the mouth dry and seals up the saliva which is needed to wash away the harmful bacteria. Consequently, foods and drinks remain on the teeth for longer periods of time. Moreover, ailments in itself may also hamper the health of the bone structure overall which may add to a persons inability to maintain healthy teeth.
An aspirin for toothache: Aspirins are often given to persons with toothache in hopes that it will settle the pain just as it would if the pain was stemming from a headache. After all teeth are attached to the structure inside of the head, right? Well not is this myth untrue but it adds further injury. Aspirins contain acid which may cause burns or further infection and swelling to the gums.