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7 dental myths you should stop believing today 
13 Nov 2017


1. White teeth are healthier 

We may think they look better, but teeth are actually not pure white naturally. You can help keep your teeth as white as possible by brushing regularly with a fluoride toothpaste and flossing. Avoiding things that can stain teeth, such as tea, coffee and smoking, will also help to keep them white


2. You have to see your dentist every six months

Your dentist will tell you how often you should come in for a dental check-up, and if you have very good oral health, this may be no more than once a year


3. Baby toothpaste is better for young children

Some baby toothpaste brands don’t contain enough fluoride to help prevent tooth decay. Check the packaging to make sure it contains at least 1,000ppm fluoride


4. Only the sugar in sweets, cakes, fizzy drinks and chocolate is bad for teeth

While all these foods are bad for your teeth (and your general health), dried fruit, fruit juice and honey contain natural sugars that can also cause tooth decay. Limit these foods and make sure to brush your teeth twice a day


5. There's no need to brush milk teeth

Even though your child will lose their milk teeth, they still have to be brushed. Establishing good habits early in life helps ensure life-long dental health. Brush your baby's teeth twice daily from the moment their first tooth comes through


6. I'll need false teeth when I'm older 

Improvements in dental hygiene mean that more of us keep our natural teeth into old age


7. Bad breath is only caused by not brushing your teeth properly

Most cases of halitosis (bad breath) are caused by bad oral hygiene. Regular brushing, flossing, eating and drinking healthily, and taking plenty of exercise are the best ways to avoid bad breath

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