There are many myths when it comes to looking after your teeth and it is often hard to know what to believe. For example, many people do not realise that brushing vigorously is actually bad for your teeth as it will erode tooth enamel and gum tissue which will not grow back. This will make your teeth more sensitive and also expose more of the teeth to the effects of disease and dental decay.
Other dental facts that you may not be aware of are that you should always change your toothbrush after you have been ill with a cold or sore throat as many bacteria that cause these infections will remain on your toothbrush and can re-infect you. It is also true that the toothbrush head covers that many people use to protect their toothbrush from bacteria can actually make the problem worse because they do not allow moisture to escape which creates the perfect condition for the bacteria to thrive.
Toothpaste that claims to have whitening capabilities is little more effective at whitening the teeth than regular toothpaste. The only real way to guarantee that your teeth are white is to protect them from staining in the first instance by effectively cleaning them and avoiding substances like red wine and coffee that cause the discolouration. Or alternatively, you could opt to have a whitening treatment that will bleach the teeth white and restore them to a healthier colour. Patients with white teeth look younger than those with discolouration as whiter teeth are associated with youth.
Looking after your gums is just as important as your teeth. Nearly three quarters of adults in the UK will suffer with gum disease at some point in their lives. This can be very damaging to the teeth and also has links to heart conditions. Find out more dental health facts from your Central London dentist.