Dental myths debunked by The Foodie Dentist
Meet Dr Surina Sehgal, one of our dental workwear ambassadors. Surina has been a general and cosmetic dentist for 6 years and shares her passion for dental hygiene and nutrition through her Instagram account @thefoodie_dentist – definitely one to check out.
Surina absolutely loves our WonderWink W123 range, particularly the W123 cargo joggers which bring a bit of style to your typical dental workwear look.
Current workplace: Bond Dental
Surina shares some typical dental assumptions and gives us the facts:
𝐎𝐧𝐥𝐲 𝐬𝐮𝐠𝐚𝐫 𝐜𝐚𝐮𝐬𝐞𝐬 𝐭𝐨𝐨𝐭𝐡 𝐝𝐞𝐜𝐚𝐲
Eating too much sugar increases your risk of decay, but so do processed foods, improper brushing, lack of flossing etc.
𝐃𝐢𝐞𝐭 𝐝𝐫𝐢𝐧𝐤𝐬 𝐚𝐫𝐞 𝐛𝐞𝐭𝐭𝐞𝐫 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐲𝐨𝐮
It’s not just the sugar, it’s the acidity. Over time, sugar free drinks can cause the same amount of wear to the enamel which could lead to sensitivity, cavities or tooth loss!
𝐖𝐡𝐢𝐭𝐞 𝐭𝐞𝐞𝐭𝐡 𝐚𝐫𝐞 𝐡𝐞𝐚𝐥𝐭𝐡𝐲 𝐭𝐞𝐞𝐭𝐡
Teeth may look healthy, but it doesn’t mean you are cavity-free! Seeing your dentist every 6 months is crucial for the early detection of any problems
𝐅𝐥𝐮𝐨𝐫𝐢𝐝𝐚𝐭𝐞𝐝 𝐰𝐚𝐭𝐞𝐫 𝐢𝐬 𝐡𝐚𝐫𝐦𝐟𝐮𝐥
Fluoride in water is an effective way to ensure people are exposed to fluoride and can benefit from its role in helping tooth decay whatever your age, gender or socioeconomic status.
𝐖𝐡𝐢𝐭𝐞𝐧𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐝𝐚𝐦𝐚𝐠𝐞𝐬 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐭𝐞𝐞𝐭𝐡
Professional tooth whitening is perfectly safe when you follow the specific instructions. However, if you use a whitening product when you shouldn’t or don’t follow instructions you can risk damaging your enamel or causing harm to your oral health so please always see your dentist for advice.
𝐘𝐨𝐮 𝐬𝐡𝐨𝐮𝐥𝐝 𝐫𝐢𝐧𝐬𝐞 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐦𝐨𝐮𝐭𝐡 𝐰𝐢𝐭𝐡 𝐰𝐚𝐭𝐞𝐫 𝐚𝐟𝐭𝐞𝐫 𝐛𝐫𝐮𝐬𝐡𝐢𝐧𝐠
Toothpaste contains useful ingredients like fluoride which protect our mouths during the day. Rinsing straight after brushing will rinse off a lot of that fluoride so wait half an hour to allow it to do its job properly.
𝐖𝐢𝐬𝐝𝐨𝐦 𝐭𝐞𝐞𝐭𝐡 𝐜𝐚𝐮𝐬𝐞 𝐜𝐫𝐨𝐰𝐝𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐨𝐯𝐞𝐫𝐥𝐚𝐩𝐩𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐨𝐟 𝐭𝐞𝐞𝐭𝐡 𝐚𝐭 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐟𝐫𝐨𝐧𝐭
Such a common one! However, wisdom teeth don’t exert enough pressure on other teeth to create crowding. Other factors like not wearing retainers could be responsible for this.
𝐘𝐨𝐮 𝐬𝐡𝐨𝐮𝐥𝐝 𝐚𝐯𝐨𝐢𝐝 𝐛𝐫𝐮𝐬𝐡𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐛𝐥𝐞𝐞𝐝𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐠𝐮𝐦𝐬
Bleeding gums are usually a result of build-up of plaque along the gum line, so avoiding brushing will only make the problem worse!! The best way to treat bleeding gums is to actually increase your oral care routine, not reduce it.