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5 Dental Myths That May Hurt Your Wellbeing

To maintain a good oral health it is imperative that we keep ourselves informed about our overall health. Dr. Gerry Curatola, founder of Rejuvenation Dentistry in New York City has debunked some common dental myths that could be hurting your health.


Sugar is the fundamental cause of tooth decay.

We’ve all heard it growing up: Sugar will spoil your teeth. Be that as it may, while sugar can prompt to cavity development – and also an assortment of other health problems – it’s not the only guilty party.

“This is a myth in a sense because sugar, while being ‘the gasoline in the tank’ is not the cause of tooth decay. It’s actually acids from bacteria that have gone to the dark side,” Curatola said. “We talk about good bugs and bad bugs; bad bugs are actually an unhealthy expression of natural bacteria in the mouth.”

“Bad bugs” are formed when your body breaks down carbohydrates. Refined sugar is an example; however other carbohydrates can also include things like vegetables, fruits and grain. These “bad bugs” create corrosives in your mouth that, when combined with spit, result in plaque formation.


Teeth whitening will harm your enamel.

The key ingredients in over-the-counter whitening products are hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide, which act as oxidizing operators to remove stains on the surface of the tooth. White strips, trays and paste meant for at-home-use usually contain around 3 to 10 percent of these ingredients and are thought to be safe for use. Curatola noted as with everything, control is imperative.

“Really, the safest teeth whitening is done under the supervision of a dentist or a dental hygienist in a dental office … There’s a lot of over-the-counter products that can damage your enamel,” said Curatola. “If the product is too acidic, the product is too strong … Overuse or misuse of these products can cause the enamel to get fragile and even more porous. These are the kinds of things that really need more regulation, and they can be damaging, but teeth whitening by itself is a safe treatment.”

The most widely recognized reactions of brightening your teeth, regardless of whether done in a dental specialist’s office or at home, is tooth sensitivity. Research from Ohio State University College of Dentistry have shown that is conceivable to lose some enamel when utilizing whitening, yet once in a while, enamel has been found to remineralize itself after some time.


Wisdom teeth are not needed.

Wisdom teeth are a result of evolution that got their name from the time that they show up in your mouth – usually between the ages of 17 to 25. It is believed that the coarse food our ancestor ate made the jaw become bigger and stronger, allowing more teeth in our mouths. However, after some time, our jaws started to shrink to clear a path for our developing brains, leaving many individuals with overcrowded mouths and agonizing impactions when their wisdom teeth come through.

“Wisdom teeth are called vestigial organs, like your tonsils and your appendix,” said Curatola. “I don’t think every child should have their wisdom teeth ripped out, but I do believe that we are finding an intraspecies evolution where wisdom teeth are not having room to erupt, and if they are malpositioned, they can cause problems [like] cysts in the jaw, infections and pain.”

If your wisdom teeth are not causing any issues, you might want to consider leaving them where they are. Research from Japan demonstrates that the pulp inside your molars contains undeveloped cells like those found in bone marrow. A few specialists say that saving those immature stem cells could prompt to the capacity to re-grow teeth later on.


Works Cited

Alvarez, Dr. Manny. 5 dental myths that may be hurting your health. 20 january 2017. 26 january 2017 <>.


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