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The Worst Advices We’ve Ever Heard About Oral Health

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Wondering what the worst advice is when it comes to oral health? Most people have heard advice about how to care for their teeth, gums and mouth ever since they were children. Some are better than others. Here are some of the worst:

Put an Aspirin tablet beside your tooth to ease the tooth ache

This is one of the worst advices you can get since Aspirin really needs to be swallowed for you to feel its effectiveness in easing your pain. You may even cause more harm than good by keeping it in your mouth too long as Aspirin is very acidic.

The whiter your teeth, the healthier they are.

White teeth are not necessarily the healthiest of teeth. The fact is that there are many natural shades for teeth and even if they are not pure white in color, teeth can be healthy. As a matter of fact it is very stylish at the moment to have white, bright teeth but for a healthy smile, you will need to incorporate a routine of cleaning your mouth regularly on a daily basis. There are no other short cuts to healthy teeth other than this piece of advice.

The harder the toothbrush, the better.

There are various toothbrush types you can select from. You may have been told that a harder toothbrush will be more effective for scrubbing your teeth. On the contrary, a toothbrush with hard, stiff bristles may do more harm than good. The truth is that a toothbrush that has soft, long bristles is going to be better for your oral health in the long run. The reason for this is that soft bristles tend to clean your teeth without being too abrasive or irritating your gums in any way. Unlike harder bristles that tend to push gums upwards, causing them to recede in the long run, a soft-bristled brush keeps your mouth healthier, longer.

You’re too late for a set of braces.

Many people in their youth get braces. However, most people don’t know that you can alter your bite and the appearance of your teeth well into your forties and even older. These days, there are more options for orthodontic treatment available and there is no need to keep a smile that is out of date. There really is no prescribed age for braces and getting a set to correct your smile and bit is recommended no matter what age you happen to be at the moment.

It’s okay if there are cavities on baby teeth.

Since baby teeth fall off and become replaced with permanent teeth, many people believe that it is okay for cavities to develop on the non-permanent set. This is not exactly a good habit since it is the roots of those same teeth that will be the foundation of the real teeth eventually. Also, if you want to build a good foundation for great oral health habits, it would be a good idea to begin with the baby teeth rather than start only when the permanent teeth come out.