There are a lot of dental myths floating around, and believe me, I’ve heard them all. But, the reality is hardly any of them are true. From “bleaching weakens teeth” to “tooth brushing is bad for bleeding gums,” truth be told that what you hear on the street and from friends are old wives tales.
Here are my truthful answers to these popular dental questions and statements.
Does Sugar Cause Cavities?
It’s been ingrained in our heads that sugar causes cavities, but sugar itself does not cause a cavities. It’s the ACID produced by the bacteria left behind by sugar that causes cavities.
If sugar and sweets are your weakness, sure, you’ll be prone to more cavities. But, you can prevent them by brushing twice a day, flossing daily, and getting your teeth professionally cleaned at least twice a year.
Energy Drinks Do Not Cause Cavities.
This one falls in line with the last question about sugar. Don’t put your smile at risk by drinking too many sugary drinks, like energy drinks. If you do drink something sweet, rinse your mouth with water afterward.
Toothpaste Can Help Clear Up Acne.
This tale has been around for years, and despite what your mother may have told you growing up, it’s not true.
Applying toothpaste to your skin can cause irritation or allergic reactions in people with certain sensitivities. The result? You could develop a rash or even rosacea—a chronic condition of redness and skin sores that closely resemble acne.
Toothpaste should only be used on what it’s intended for – your teeth. Not your skin.
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