There are smile myths you might hear that you immediately recognize as sounding not-quite-right. Then, there are those tall tales you might unintentionally end up carrying around with you as knowledge that you believe because they sounded reasonable enough. Remember, when you’re not sure about something, it’s always smart to run it by our Southlake, TX team just to be sure you’ve got your dental care beliefs in order. As for some good examples of myths that you should immediately replace with beneficial facts, begin with common areas of confusion (and learn even more during a visit with us very soon!).
Myth: Diet Soda Is Safe, Sugary Soda Is Not
You figure that diet soda is safe because you know that sugary soda is not. You make the assumption that it’s the sugar in the beverage that’s causing the problems, so you guess that you have found the answer! However, this isn’t the case. When you’re striving to protect your oral health with your dental care, remember that all soda is dangerous. It’s not because of sugar. Or even the bubbles. It’s because all sodas are acidic. Acids that are left on your smile will eat away at your enamel, which creates lots of problems, so be careful!
Myth: Cavities Only Form From Too Much Sugar
Sugar can definitely contribute to the development of tooth decay. However, there’s more to preventive dental care to prevent decay than avoiding sweet stuff. You also need to keep teeth clean and free of plaque (with brushing, flossing, and cleanings) and avoid acids (or at least rinse them away with water).
Myth: Only Super Staining Foods Discolor Your Smile
Actually, anything with any type of pigmentation in it can stain your teeth, even if it’s not something as obvious as red wine. In addition, when you consume acidic foods and drinks, they prime your teeth to become more vulnerable to staining. So, the act of eating and drinking is often enough for you to develop stains over time, even when you’re skipping stuff like coffee, ketchup, tea, and more! What to do, you ask? First, accept the fact that the normal use of your smile might cause a bit of discoloration and feel relieved that we offer cosmetic dental care to help you with it! Then, remember that caring for your smile with prevention and rinsing with water after eating or drinking anything will help you keep your smile brighter longer.
Get To Know The Truth About Smile Care
Pay attention to the knowledge you carry around with you in terms of oral health, as you distinguish between myths you’ve heard versus facts. Ready for accurate info? Just bring your questions to us! Schedule care with your Southlake, TX dentist today by calling Gregory Wright, DDS at (817) 481-7999. We gladly serve patients from Southlake and surrounding areas.