Oral health is very important and it as we age it becomes increasingly more important to make sure that our teeth are well looked after. Since childhood we are taught that we must brush our teeth at least twice a day, floss, rinse, and use mouthwash. However, there are a few other rules or tidbits of information that people have come to accept as fact that need to be thrown out of the window.

1. It’s all sugar’s fault

Sugar isn’t great for your teeth, in fact, it can be quite harmful. However, it isn’t the only thing that can be causing damage to your teeth. The majority of problems in your mouth are often caused by bacteria and the buildup of plaque. If you add to this that many of us do not visit the dentist nearly as often as we should. Sugar seems to not be the all-encompassing oral health problem that it is often made out to be.

2. Fluoride toothpaste is terrible for your teeth

Fluoride is a touchy subject for a lot of people as there is a lot of controversy around it. The bottom line is that fluoride can help to make your teeth stronger. However, it’s important to note that too much consumption of it can have detrimental effects. If too much fluoride is ingested it can cause problems, but that is why you spit out toothpaste and mouthwash.

3. You don’t need to floss every day

Dentists will often tell their patients that they don’t floss enough. This is because flossing twice a day at the very minimum is essential to oral health. Small food particles build up in the tiny crevices in your mouth and between your teeth that a toothbrush can’t always reach. This build-up of food can cause bad breath and damage to teeth if left unchecked.

4. Every dentist visit is going to be painful

This is something that has been perpetrated by children’s cartoons, TV dramas and even stand up comedians. Yes, sometimes dental treatment can be uncomfortable, but the truth is that the pain medication and anesthetic that is used is very effective. With regular visits to the dentist, you can be confident that you only need minor treatment and you will not need to have any major work done.

5. Bad breath is a sign of gum disease

This is simply not true, as bad breath has been known to be a sign of gum disease, it can be any number of issues that are causing it. Some of which are not anything to do with your oral health. That being said, if you do notice that you have recently developed bad breath, your dentist is probably the best place to start. If they’re unable to find the cause then it is time to see your doctor.

6. Teeth are only healthy when they’re white

It is true that white teeth look the best, however, this does not automatically mean that the teeth that sparkle are healthy. You still need to pay attention to the gums, and the overall health of your mouth. The only way to know for sure if your oral health is on point is to regularly visit with your dentist.

7. Diet has no effect on your teeth

Diet plays more than just a role in your overall health. In fact, oral health plays a large role in your overall health as well. It has been proven that poor dental health can contribute to heart disease, strokes, and more.

  • Gretchen is a spiritual guide and life coach. She uses the MANDALA HEALS blog to dispense advice, tutorials & guides on various topics.

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