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Archive for May 2014

Some people believe that brushing after every meal is necessary, but actually, you don’t. Sugar isn’t the main cause of cavities. And bleaching doesn’t weaken your teeth. With so many misconceptions surrounding dental health, it’s not surprising that we’ve made up a few myths over the years to explain our dental issues. So why do we believe these myths? We usually heard them from somewhere, and they get repeated over and over again that we just take them for face value. But when it comes to your dental health, having false information can be dangerous. For your benefit, we have debunked four of the most common dental myths below:

Myth #1: You should brush after every meal
It’s obvious that brushing your teeth is important. But you may be surprised to learn that brushing right after a meal may be harming your teeth.
Wait, what!?
Yep! When you eat, your mouth produces acids, which soften your tooth enamel while it breaks down food particles. Brushing too soon after eating can actually wear away the protective tooth enamel, your mouth’s primary defense against cavities. It’s best to wait at least 30 to 60 minutes before brushing to give your saliva time to neutralize the high acid levels in your mouth caused by eating and drinking.

If you have children, there’s a good chance you’ve had trouble getting them to brush their teeth from time to time. It’s a well-known fact that kids hate brushing their teeth. Not only are many toothbrushes uncomfortable, most toothpastes taste bad too. I remember when I was six and having to use spearmint toothpaste and hating the bitter taste. Back then there weren’t many flavor options, so you just had to suck it up if you didn’t like it. Luckily, now there are many brands of children’s toothpaste to choose from in a variety of delicious flavours. But with so many different options, where do you start?

Well other than asking your dentist for toothpaste recommendations, look for brands with the Canadian Dental Association (CDA) seal on them. The seal means the toothpaste has been tested for its effectiveness and proper ingredients and is deemed safe to use. Choose a mild abrasive and stay away from toothpastes which may contain harmful chemicals, such as triclosan. This chemical has been linked to possibly causing heart problems. Try not to let your child swallow fluoridated toothpaste (Yep, kids eat toothpaste!) and don’t force a flavour they don’t like. For the best toothpastes for your kids, try some of the following brands.