Dental care is important in Australia and throughout the globe as one’s oral health can affect a person’s total well-being. With that in mind, the World Dental Federation issued a survey on World Oral Health Day to observe some misconceptions that exist about proper dental care. Here are 3 myths about dental health that need to be addressed.
Myth #1: You Should Immediately Rinse Your Mouth After Brushing
Since you don’t want to swallow your toothpaste, most people immediately rinse with water following a brushing session. However, according to the Australian Dental Association, you should leave the fluoride from the toothpaste in contact with your teeth for some time in order to allow it to have its full tooth decay prevention effects. Perhaps try flossing after brushing and then rinsing after that to keep the fluoride on your teeth a minute or two longer.
Myth #2: Fruit Juice Is a Much Healthier Option Than Fizzy Drinks
A sugar drink is a sugary drink. Whether you are reaching for a Coke or for a highly sweetened juice, you are still feeding the mouth bacteria that result in tooth decay. The best drink for your teeth is water. Other good drink options include milk and unsweetened tea.
Myth #3: Regular Dental Visits Aren’t That Important
You may be wondering, “Who says this?” Very few say it with words. In fact, 4 in 5 survey responders acknowledge the importance of regular dental visits. However, many give this opinion away by their actions. Only about half of the responders visited the dentist once a year, let alone twice as is recommended.
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To maintain proper oral care, we want to encourage you to schedule a visit with our dentist at Dens in Dente. Just call 02 8399 3661 or schedule an online booking today.
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