As much as we now know about oral health, there are still plenty of myths out there that people wrongly believe. On March 20, 2017—World Health Day—FDI World Dental Federation shared its findings from a survey on oral health care from a dozen countries.
Are you a believer in these dental untruths? As always, if you have questions about your own oral health, it’s best to ask your own Poway dentist. Meanwhile, read on for the interesting results from the survey.
Fact Versus Fiction
- Nearly half of all people surveyed believed that it is important to brush one’s teeth immediately after brushing. The truth is that it’s best to wait about 30 minutes to avoid weakening tooth enamel.
- The majority of people believe that it is important to rinse one’s mouth with water immediately after brushing. It’s actually better to wait a bit to allow the teeth to obtain maximum exposure from the fluoride in toothpaste.
- Nearly half believed that drinking fruit juice is better than drinking carbonated beverages. The truth is that most fruit juices are loaded with sugar, which can contribute to tooth decay.
- Just over a quarter of those surveyed believed drinking alcohol in moderation contributes to good oral health. The truth? Alcohol is not a significant factor in determining oral health—unless you consume it in excess, in which case it can contribute to diseases such as oral cancer.
- Nearly three-quarters of people agreed that it is important to visit the dentist at least once a year to ensure optimal oral health. The American Dental Association, however, recommends twice each year for the best results.
Don’t let oral health myths keep you from getting the dental care you need. Call your Poway dentist for an appointment today!