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Common Dental Myths Fact or Fiction?

There have always been a number of myths surrounding dental hygiene that have circulated throughout society, constantly warping and changing, often moving further from the truth. So what should you trust when people claim to give dental advice? When friends or family share stories about teeth it can be easy to believe claims that are not entirely rooted in truth out of apprehension for your health. However, it is important to check out these myths every now and again with a professional dentist in High Wycombe or your local area, to ensure that you are following the best practise to keeping your teeth healthy.

Below are five of the most common myths and misconceptions we have set straight over our years as a surgery, and the truth behind the claims.

1. “Ageing means you will inevitably lose your teeth and have to wear dentures”.

Although teeth, like everything else, do age, there is nothing to say that everyone will have significant dental problems in their mature years. Dental hygiene procedures have improved considerably in recent years, allowing most of us to keep our natural teeth healthy for a whole lifetime. In the 30 years between 1968 and 1998, the number of adults with no natural teeth reduced from 37% to 12%, and this figure has continued to drop steadily since. With careful oral hygiene, brushing twice a day, flossing and using mouthwash, along with a healthy diet and regular visits to the dentist, you should be able to keep your teeth into your older adult years. And, if not, there are many other options besides dentures. At The Dental Practice, we offer everything from Bicon Implants High Wycombe to crowns and bridges to replace lost teeth with security and subtlety.

2. “Bad breath is caused solely by not brushing your teeth properly”.

A vast majority of cases of bad breath, or halitosis, are caused by poor oral hygiene. 90% of incidents are caused by insufficient care, however, this is not restricted to brushing. The negligences leading to bad breath can include not flossing or using mouthwash, an unhealthy diet and not exercising regularly enough alongside improper brushing techniques. If you are concerned that you may suffer from this condition, it is integral that you take control of your dental hygiene so that you do not encounter other health issues. Book in with one of our friendly specialist dental hygienists in High Wycombe today for an appointment where you can discuss the best ways to take care of your mouth and get deep cleaning treatments so you will soon have fresh breath once again.

3. “The sugar in unhealthy food is the only sugar that will really damage my teeth”.

It may seem obvious, but any kind of sugar is damaging to your teeth. Many of us still don’t take the necessary precautions to keep our teeth clean after eating a piece of fruit as we might after consuming sweets. However, healthy foods such as dried fruit, fruit juice and honey all contain sugars that, whilst natural and better for your general health, can still cause considerable tooth decay. Fruits can also get stuck between the gaps of your teeth and in fissures, meaning that more decay might occur, so it is essential to try to limit the amount of these foods you eat and brush after each meal. Our childrens dentistry in High Wycombe services will educate you about the sugars affecting your own teeth.

4. “The harder you brush your teeth, the healthier and cleaner they will be”.

For many, brushing vigorously gives a sense of being thorough. However, brushing too hard can actually have negative effects on your oral health. Brushing too hard can cause your gums to bleed, become sore and even recede if this practise is sustained. To keep your mouth healthy, it is recommended that you brush for two minutes, twice per day with a soft or medium toothbrush. Use circular movements on the chewing surfaces and firm but gentle half-circle sweeps up from your gum line on the visible surfaces, before flossing and using mouthwash.

We hope that these mouth hygiene myths have been cleared up for you! If you have any other questions or queries or would like any dental advice please do not hesitate to contact us or book an appointment with our expert High Wycombe dentists today!

What is GERD and how can it affect our teeth?

Most people are aware that acidic foods can have a weakening effect on tooth enamel, potentially causing an increased number of cavities, enhanced sensitivity and unsightly discolouration. Unfortunately, it’s not just food that can increase oral acidity; acid reflux (also known as gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD) also has the potential to cause a number of different dental problems. Read on to find out more about this debilitating condition and how it can be successfully managed.

What is GERD?

Due to the processes involved in digestion, the stomach contains highly acidic secretions that help to release nutrients from food. Normally, these secretions remain safely within the stomach, prevented from entering the oesophagus by the lower oesophageal sphincter. For various reasons, the sphincter can cease to function as it should, allowing highly acidic materials to continuously penetrate through to the more delicate oesophageal tissues and even up into the throat and mouth.

What are the symptoms and complications of GERD?

The main symptoms of GERD are regurgitation, heartburn, indigestion and feeling sick (nausea). If left untreated, GERD can cause a number of unpleasant conditions, including a recurring sore throat, asthma, dental issues and bad breath. Chronic GERD can even be a factor in some forms of oesophageal cancer.

Treatment and prevention

There are a number of different treatments available, including prescription antacid medicines, as well as over-the-counter options. For people who are suffering from GERD due to an underlying problem (for example a hiatus hernia), getting the problem resolved often helps to relieve the condition. Lifestyle changes including weight loss can also help. The dental problems that are precipitated by GERD are frequently resolved through both good dental hygiene and regular dental check-ups. Using treatment options, such as fillings and teeth whitening, dentists are able to minimise the damaging effects that GERD can have.

The serious complications that can occur from untreated GERD mean that prompt diagnosis and treatment are essential. If you think you might be suffering from GERD, visit your GP and don’t forget to inform your dentist so that they can ensure you receive the most appropriate care.