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Did You Get Caught by These Oral Health Myths?

February 18, 2018
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Posted By: Dr. Hayoung Kim
Man Thinking | Dentist Toronto ON

When it comes to achieving optimum oral health, there is often a lot of confusion about the best ways to reach this goal. Your dentist in Toronto is here to bust the myths that may have gotten you into trouble without you even realizing it. Here is what you should know.

Myth #1: Brush Your Teeth Right After You Eat

50% of people surveyed around the world feel that it's important to brush your teeth right after eating your meal. The truth is, you should actually wait at least 30 minutes after eating before you brush your teeth. This avoids spreading any acidic food around your teeth that can weaken your tooth enamel. Drinking water during and after your meal can help to rinse away food particles and bacteria that cause tooth decay or cavities.

Myth #2: Drinking Fruit Juice Instead of Soda is Better for Your Teeth

How do you feel about fruit juice versus soda? Around half of the population in countries such as India, South Africa, Poland, and Brazil feel that it's a healthier choice. However, fruit juice is often just as high in sugar as soda, and even though it doesn't have the fizzy bubbles that can also contribute to enamel breakdown, it can still cause tooth decay and cavities.

Myth #3: Rinsing With Water After Brushing Your Teeth Improves Your Home Care Routine

While many folks in Brazil, Canada, South Africa, Mexico, and India actually practice this method, it is actually better not to rinse after brushing in order to receive all the benefits that the fluoride in your toothpaste provides.

The good news is that 77% of people surveyed around the world believe that visiting their dentist at least once a year is important for maintaining good oral health. Dr. Joo and Dr. Moore actually recommend that their patients visit them at least twice per year in order to monitor their oral health for conditions such as gum disease, oral cancer, and tooth decay, and also clean their teeth in order to remove the excess plaque that causes these conditions.

Contact our Etobicoke office today to learn more!