Clearly, there is a need for dental health education. So in an effort to dispel some common misconceptions, here are the most common dental myths and the truth behind them.
Myth 1: There is no harm in sharing toothbrushes.
Fact: It is always best to keep to your own toothbrush because your unique bacteria does remain on the brush and some bacteria simply should not be shared in this way.
Myth 2: Eating fruit before you go to bed cleans your teeth.
Fact: While containing necessary nutrients, a lot of fruits contain sugary substances that are not good for your teeth before bed. Eating fruit before bed provides sugary and acidic conditions for plaque bacteria to thrive.
Myth 3: Brushing your teeth harder than normal is a better way to keep them clean.
Fact: Brush for two minutes, twice a day with a soft to medium toothbrush, using a gentle circular brushing motion with fluoridated toothpaste.
Myth 4: All mouthwashes do the same job.
Fact: Mouthwashes, like toothpaste, contain different ingredients that are included to achieve different results. Some of the ingredients are not suitable for all individuals. People with a dry mouth, who suffer with mouth ulcers or who have sensitivity should avoid mouthwashes that contain alcohol.
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