As with most health information, what we learn about dentistry constantly expands. Old myths take a while to die out and sometimes people believe outdated or untrue facts.
Here are a few that are still commonly believed today:
Rinse after Brushing Your Teeth
Many people rinse immediately after they finish cleaning their teeth. Fluoride toothpaste is an important part of a good oral health routine because it combats decay, one of the most common preventable diseases. Since most commercial toothpaste contains fluoride, rinsing after you brush your teeth removes much of this helpful mineral.
It is best to wait 30 minutes or longer to rinse. At night, you can skip rinsing altogether.
You Should Brush Teeth Directly after Eating
Some foods containing acids temporarily soften the enamel that protects teeth. Brushing immediately after a meal can cause more damage to teeth when they are most vulnerable. It is best to wait 30 minutes after each meal for the pH of the mouth to return to normal before brushing your teeth.
Fruit Juice Is a Healthy Drink for Teeth
People giving up soda might opt for fruit juice as a healthier alternative. Some fruit juices contain high amounts of added sugar and all fruit juice contains acids. It is best to opt for no sugar added juices and to remember that tropical and citrus juices contain more acid.
Since many Americans struggle with weight or weight-related issues, it is always best to cut out high-sugar or high-calorie drinks for your overall health and for your oral health.
Choosing a Dentist in Evansville
A dentist for your family is an important part of your healthcare team. Reliant Family Dental always welcomes new patients of all ages and our team looks forward to welcoming you.
Our team will keep you updated on all of the current information for your family to keep their smiles healthy.