We are here to help set the record straight on some common dental dilemmas.
Fact vs. Fiction
1. Chewing gum is bad for my teeth.
Fiction. Chewing gum actually helps the health of your mouth, if it is a sugarless variety. It can not only help dislodge any food left behind after a meal, but also causes your mouth to produce more saliva which helps to neutralize any odors.
2. A yellow smile makes me look older.
Fact. You can take 10 years off your appearance, just by whitening your teeth. Yellowing or graying teeth are a sign of age. It has also been shown that a whiter smile can boost confidence.
3. Brushing harder removes more plaque.
Fiction. Brushing too hard won’t remove any more plaque than if you brushed gently. In fact, it will only leave you worse off. Brushing too hard can wear down enamel and cause the gums to recede.
4. Teeth Whiteners Damage Your Teeth
Fiction. Studies have shown that teeth whiteners that contain 10% Carbamide Peroxide have had little to no effect on the hardness or the enamel of your teeth.
5. I can’t whiten at home because I have a crown.
Fiction. Technology has come a long way and there are many at home products, such as GoSmile, that are safe to use over crowns or veneers. They will restore the color back to the original state. Check the directions to see if the products will work for you.
6. Diet soda doesn’t harm teeth.
Fiction. It’s not just the sugar in soda that damages your teeth, it’s the acid. And diet soda still has the acid. Acid softens the hard enamel, leading to weaker teeth. If cutting out soda isn’t an option than we recommend eating foods like cheese, chicken, nuts or milk. They help protect tooth enamel by providing Calcium and Phosphorus, which help remineralize teeth.