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Aug 14 2020


5 myths busted about dental hygiene that are sure to amp up your oral health

Friday, 14 August 2020

In the daily rush of getting the day rolling amid COVID-19 pandemic and juggling various household chores with professional work simultaneously, one activity that barely receives our attention is dental hygiene. Though oral health is often taken for granted, the practice of keeping the mouth, teeth and gums clean and healthy to prevent disease is an essential part of our everyday lives.

 

 

 

It is a lesser known fact that neglecting oral hygiene for a long period of time eventually starts affecting our overall health and may also lead to heart disease, cancer, diabetes, dementia, arthritis or pregnancy complications apart from the dental cavities and gum disease. Hence, to maintain good dental hygiene, proper brushing and flossing is critically important.

 

 

 

In free time, one can’t help but idly muse what kind of toothbrush is best suited for our teeth or whether tooth powder or coal is better effective in teeth whitening. With work-from-home increasingly becoming the new normal, some spare moments that come with it are perks of quarantine life. Thus, this is the right time to bust some myths about dental hygiene.

 

 

 

In a telephone conversation with Hindustan Times, dentists Dr. Farhana Anzar and Dr. Adeeba Khalid bust some myths about dental hygiene.

 

 

 


Myth 1: Hard brush bristles clean better

Truth: Use a brush with soft bristles and with a small or normal head that can easily reach the molars at the end of one’s jaw. Hard bristles damage teeth and gums.

 

 

 

Myth 2: Use more toothpaste for effectiveness


Truth: Spread a small or optimum amount of toothpaste on top of the tooth brush and ensure that it reaches in between the bristles too. The tooth paste is only for flavour and freshness. The main cleaning depends upon the brushing technique.

 

 

Myth 3: Brushing for longer time period is healthier

Truth: Maximum five minutes of brushing does the job. Dentists specially recommend brushing the teeth at night to avoid bacterial growth on the left over food particles inside the mouth. The bacterial growth leads to enamel damaging which results in tooth decay or cavity.

 

 


Myth 4:Toothpowder or coal is better effective in teeth whitening

Truth: NO! Tooth powder and coal have strong abrasives which damage the enamel of the tooth, resulting in sensitivity. The friction caused by rubbing the tooth powder decays the enamel. Hence, always use a toothpaste.

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