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Oral Health Myths

Oral health myths

Oral health myths
This September, Colgate Oral Health Month is raising awareness that good oral health is as vital to wellbeing as a healthy diet and regular exercise.

For those of you who get confused on how best to look after your teeth - read on.

I should brush my teeth straight after drinking fizzy drinks or fruit juice

TRUE

Acidic drinks, even when sugar-free, can dissolve tooth enamel. If you brush your teeth immediately afterwards, you'll wash away the enamel minerals that the drink has dissolved. If you wait for at least 45 minutes, your saliva has a chance to do it's best to replace some of the dissolved minerals. New Colgate Sensitive Enamel Protect toothpaste has a dual action which strengthens existing tooth enamel and protects sensitive teeth day after day. RRP £2.65.

After brushing my teeth, I should always rinse my mouth out with water

FALSE

Fluoride in toothpaste helps protect teeth because you effectively apply it to tooth surfaces twice a day. After you finish brushing your teeth, the best advice is to spit out the excess toothpaste and not rinse with water; so any fluoride left on teeth continues to do its work. So remember, experts say: 'Spit don't rinse!'

A hard bristle toothbrush gets teeth cleaner

FALSE

Hard bristles can be abrasive and remove tooth enamel with everyday tooth brushing. It is better to use a medium or soft bristled toothbrush with the correct technique than to scrub away tooth enamel with a hard toothbrush. Both the Colgate 360° Medium Toothbrush and Colgate 360° Soft Toothbrush provide a whole mouth clean and have soft rubber polishing cups which gently remove stains. RRP £3.49

If my gums bleed when I brush my teeth, I should stop brushing

FALSE

Gums bleed when bacteria builds up on the teeth next to them, so if you notice any bleeding when brushing your teeth, don't stop! Brush carefully around all gum margins and use floss or interdental brushes between your teeth. If bleeding doesn't stop after one week, see your dentist or hygienist for advice. Correct tooth brushing technique and interdental cleaning with floss or interdental brushes will help keep gums healthy.

Gum disease only affects the elderly

FALSE

Most people suffer from gum disease at some point in their lives - many are teenagers, at the stage where parental supervision is reduced or absent. Gum disease can occur at any age, it is not part of the normal ageing process. If you experience bleeding gums, bad breath, or red and swollen gums, you should seek advice from a dental professional. To keep gums healthy, it's important to brush teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste, paying particular attention to the areas where the teeth meet the gums and floss regularly.

Colgate Total Toothpaste's* unique, patented anti-bacterial formula is clinically proven to protect above and even below the gum line for a long lasting anti-bacterial protection. RRP £1.99. For improved cleaning below the gum line and in between teeth use a Colgate 360 Deep Clean Toothbrush which is designed with longer SlimTip™ bristles. RRP £3.99

There is no link between brushing your teeth and good overall health

FALSE

Research has shown that there may be a possible association between advanced gum disease and cardiovascular disease and diabetes. As further research continues into the nature of this association, good oral health should be seen as an essential part of a healthy lifestyle, along with a healthy diet, exercise and stopping smoking, all of which can help reduce the chance of developing heart conditions and diabetes.

White teeth are a sign of good oral health

FALSE

Whilst we may strive for the Hollywood smile, our teeth are not naturally bright white. Teeth naturally darken with age. Healthy teeth come in a broad range of shades. Staining of teeth is best avoided by brushing and flossing regularly. Otherwise your dentist or hygienist can remove any staining on your teeth. Brush twice a day with Colgate Total Plus Whitening Toothpaste* (*always read the label) and you'll know your teeth are cleaner and whiter and gums are healthier. RRP £1.99

You don't need to look after milk teeth as there will be permanent teeth coming through later

FALSE

Milk teeth play a key role in chewing food and speech in early years. They also give permanent teeth enough time to develop fully before they come through. So preserving milk teeth is very important for the developing child. Getting children used to a daily routine of brushing their teeth and using toothpaste is also essential for maintaining a healthy mouth in adulthood. So another reason for making children 'practise' their daily routine on their milk teeth.

You only need to floss when you have food lodged between your teeth

FALSE

You should clean interdentally as part of your daily oral hygiene, with either floss or an interdental brush to effectively remove plaque.

*Always read the label.

To find out more about Colgate Oral Health Month visit www.colgateohm.co.uk.

5 a day for your oral health

5 a day for your oral health

The Colgate Oral Health Month messages are simple:

  • Brush your teeth twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste, paying particular attention to the areas where the teeth meet the gums.
  • Replace your toothbrush every 3 months or when the bristles are splayed.
  • Clean between your teeth using floss and interdental brushes.
  • Avoiding sugary snacks between meals is a key component of a healthy lifestyle and will benefit your teeth.
  • Visit your dentist regularly.

So remember keeping your mouth healthy is easy and just as important to your wellbeing as looking after your body.

To find out more about Colgate Oral Health Month visit www.colgateohm.co.uk.

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