Myths that need and should be debunked (Local 3 Union Dentist )
Just Sometimes it’s hard to separate fact from fiction when it comes to the best advice for looking after your teeth. So we asked leading dentists to set the record straight on three common myths.
Myth 1: Hot water and lemon is the ideal morning drink
Have you sworn off English breakfast as part of your morning routine because you’re worried about staining? Made hot water and lemon your new brew for waking up? Time to have a rethink. ( Local 3 Union Dentist )
“Lemon in hot water has become a growing replacement for tea, partly because of the concern over stains. Unfortunately, the lemon is more detrimental to teeth. Stains can be removed by professional cleaning at the dentist or hygienist, whereas the acid in the lemon will erode the tooth surface,” explains Dr Marjan Goodacre, owner of The Wellington Clinic in Chelsea, London. ( Local 3 Union Dentist )
So tea may actually be the smarter choice – and there are tactics you can employ to limit staining. “Tannins in tea are what cause staining. The stronger the tea, the more tannins it will have,” she explains. “Adding milk helps because it binds to the tannins, reducing the staining potential. It’s also a good idea to rinse your mouth out with water afterwards.” ( Local 3 Union Dentist )
Some teas, such as green and white, contain fewer tannins, she adds, so they could make a savvy swap. ( Local 3 Union Dentist )
Myth 2: Avoid brushing your gums if they bleed
“This is probably one of the biggest myths we see. If someone has got bleeding gums it’s because they have an infection and they actually need to brush their gums to reverse this and get their gums healthy again,” says Dr Sameer Patel, the clinical director at Elleven dental practice in the Harley Street district, London. ( Local 3 Union Dentist )
“The edge of gum that sits around the tooth is not attached to the tooth. This pocket under the gum edge needs to be kept clean to prevent gum disease,” stresses Dr Goodacre.
Using Corsodyl toothpaste, which has been clinically proven to treat bleeding gums, Dr Goodacre suggests you “hold your toothbrush at 45 degrees, angled under the gum and brush in a circular motion to allow the bristles to run under it”. ( Local 3 Union Dentist )
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