Evolve Dentistry | Dentist in Portishead, Somerset

24 Harbour Road Portishead BS20 7AL

24 Harbour Road Portishead BS20 7AL

International carrot day

Don’t myth a trick

Did you know that 4th April is International Carrot Day?

Nor did we until recently! But it does remind us about the old wives’ tale that eating carrots help us see in the dark. It was a myth begun by the Air Ministry in World War II. To prevent the Germans finding out that Britain was using radar to intercept bombers on night raids, they issued press releases stating that British pilots were eating lots of carrots to give them exceptional night vision.

There are many myths surrounding oral care habits that circulate today too. Some of these lead to confusion and misinformation. So, we thought we would debunk some…

Myth 1: It doesn’t matter what toothpaste you use
Fact: The choice of toothpaste does matter. Not all toothpaste is the same, and selecting the right one can make a significant difference in maintaining oral health. Look for toothpaste that contains fluoride, which is essential in preventing tooth decay. Fluoride helps strengthen enamel and protect teeth from decay-causing acid attacks.

Myth 2: Brushing harder is better for your teeth
Fact: Brushing harder does not mean better cleaning. In fact, brushing too hard can damage your gum tissue and wear down the enamel on your teeth. Instead of applying excessive force, focus on using gentle, circular motions and brushing for a full two minutes.

Myth 3: You only need to visit the dentist if you have a problem
Fact: Regular dental check-ups are essential for maintaining good oral health, even if you don’t have any current problems. Dentists can identify and address oral health issues before they become more significant and costly to treat. Routine dental visits, at least once a year, enable the dentist to perform professional cleanings, identify cavities, and detect any signs of gum disease.

Myth 4: Sugar causes cavities
Fact: While it is true that sugar can contribute to tooth decay, it is not the direct cause. Cavities form when bacteria in the mouth feed on sugar and produce acid, which then attacks the tooth enamel. So, it’s not the presence of sugar that leads to cavities; it’s the combination of sugar and acid and the generation of plaque. Proper brushing, interdental cleaning, and regular dental visits can help prevent cavities, even if you enjoy sugary foods in moderation.

Myth 5: Chewing sugar-free gum is as effective as brushing your teeth
Fact: Chewing sugar-free gum is a helpful oral care habit, but it is not a substitute for brushing your teeth. Gum chewing can stimulate saliva production and help wash away food particles. But, brushing twice a day and cleaning interdentally daily are vital.

It’s important to separate oral care facts from myths to maintain good oral health. If you have any questions about your oral health, just let us know!

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