When it comes to taking care of your teeth, there’s a lot of misconceptions out there. That’s why it’s important to see your dentist regularly and follow their advice, and when looking for information about dental health, go to reliable sources like the American Dental Association website. Let’s take a look at some common dental myths and compare them to the facts.

Whitening Your Teeth Weakens Them – NOT TRUE!

Everyone wants a whiter smile. Americans spend almost $1.5 billion a year on teeth whitening products. It’s a common myth that whitening products weaken the enamel on your teeth, but that’s not true. Whitening products work by removing stains and lightening the pigment on your teeth, which doesn’t affect their strength or health at all. As long as you follow the instructions on the package, you’ll be perfectly safe. Some people do experience teeth sensitivity while using whitening products, but this is only temporary. Using toothpaste specifically formulated for sensitive teeth can help.

Bad Breath Means You’re Not Brushing Enough – NOT TRUE!

While bad breath can be a sign that it’s time to brush your teeth, it can also happen to people who brush regularly. Bad breath could be a sign of a medical condition like gum disease. It also could be a sign that you’re getting sick with a virus. The foods you eat can cause bad breath as well, so if you’re experiencing chronic bad breath, talk to your dentist.

Sugar Causes Cavities – NOT (entirely) TRUE!

Sugar in your mouth causes acid to break down the enamel on your teeth and cause cavities. That doesn’t mean that the more sugar you eat, the more cavities you’ll get. As long as you’re brushing after sugary treats, it’s entirely possible to have healthy teeth while indulging.

If you have questions about a dental myth you’ve heard, talk to Dr. Zola Makrauer or Dr. Julie Miller at Huntingdon Valley Dental Arts today.