quot, Amin, Elsaeed, OK, big myth, here., Big, big, big myth., Pringle, Alim laughs. Quotcharcoal toothpaste is better than regular toothpaste.quot Pringle Alim No. No no no. quotThere’s. No such thing as brushing too much.quot Elsaeed Try to brush for at least two minutes right Sing, quotTwinkle Twinkle Little Star.quot Pringle Alim. What I feel like that’s, so short. Elsaeed, No like sing the whole verse., Hey everyone. My name is Dr. Amin, Elsaeed. I’m. A dentist working out of the Chicagoland area. And my name is Dr.: Aaleeyah, Pringle Alim also a dentist., And we are here to debunk some dental myths. Elsaeed Myth No. 1 quotSugar causes cavities.quot Pringle Alim. Oh my gosh. Sugar actually is not the cause of cavities.. In your mouth you have active normal bacteria and when sugar is fed to that bacteria, the bacteria produces acid and it creates cavities on teeth. Elsaeed, So it’s the fuel for the bacteria to cause the cavities. Pringle Alim Myth two quotElectric toothbrushes are better than regular toothbrushes.quot. Elsaeed, The most important thing is that you are actually brushing right So having that mechanical movement against your teeth, whether it be an electric toothbrush, a regular toothbrush, that’s, the most important thing to prevent plaque from sitting on the surfaces of our teeth.. So if you have a regular toothbrush, you can still do a good job of brushing at home. Myth No. 3 quotWhite teeth are always healthy.quot. Pringle Alim White teeth really just have to do with how your enamel appears on the surface.

. So your tooth actually has three layers.: It has the inside core, which is the pulp.. It has that middle layer which is yellow in color., And then it has enamel, which shows up whiter. It’s, like the armor of your tooth.. So, genetically speaking, if you don’t have the type of teeth that will appear whiter after whitening, you’ll have to go, maybe veneers or crowns to get a whiter whiter whiter, smile., Elsaeed, It’s very possible to have you know: cavities bone loss, periodontal disease, even with pearly white Teeth. Pringle Alim All right myth No. 4 quotThere’s, no such thing as brushing too much.quot Elsaeed Anytime. You want to take plaque off your teeth, we’re all for it., But then it comes to how hard are you brushing right? Some people go in there and it’s like a chain. Saw. They’re just makes chain saw noise. And what ends up happening is when you break down that enamel by so much so much hard and vigorous, brushing you end up getting sensitivity., So people are like quotOh. I drink something and my teeth: hurt.quot Pringle Alim Go and you look at your toothbrush and if the bristles are flared out like this you’re doing it too hard. Elsaeed Myth No. 5 quotDrinking with a straw is better for your teeth.quot Pringle Alim. This is kind of true, but also kind of false., So drinking through a straw is theoretically better for your teeth, if done the right way.

. So if you drink through the straw and the liquid literally just passes from the straw, maybe to your tongue, to your throat and you swallow then that’s OK.. But the problem comes with when people drink through the straw and they still kind of swish it around in their mouths that kind of defeats the purpose of drinking through the straw. It’s, damaging your teeth. The longer that that liquid sits on your teeth. So drink. It fast if you can drink it through a straw, the right way, if you can and always always always follow it up with water.. If you can follow up your acidic drinks with water, you can help your body get your pH back down to neutral or back up to neutral, quicker. Myth. Six quotBrushing harder makes your teeth. Cleaner.Quot, Elsaeed, OK, brushing harder, does not make your teeth cleaner.. What makes your teeth cleaner is effective brushing. If you’re brushing the right way right. If I take my toothbrush and I’m jamming it in there with 600 pounds of force against my teeth I’m causing a lot of damage. So it’s, not about the strength it’s more about the motion. Pringle Alim Angle, your toothbrush a little bit so that the bristles are Actually angled into the gums and you move back and forth. Think about brushing two to three teeth at a time instead of large big strokes. Elsaeed Myth No. 7.. This is a good one.. Quotcharcoal toothpaste is better than regular toothpaste.

quot Pringle Alim. There is no research that suggests that charcoal toothpaste is better than your normal fluoride, toothpaste. Zero.. What people are kind of attracted to about charcoal toothpaste is that it promotes the idea that it will whiten your teeth. People went as far as to taking raw charcoal like just kind of charcoal powder and brushing their teeth with that in hopes that they were going To like, I don’t know, unlock a secret whitened tooth door. No. No no no.. So what can end up happening is, if you use charcoal too much, you can end up wearing away your enamel, which will then make your teeth, appear. More yellow the opposite of what you want. Myth: 8 quotYou have to get your wisdom, teeth, removed.quot, Elsaeed, OK, big, myth, here., Big, big, big myth. I know. Pringle, Alim laughs, Listen! Man! Let me tell you, let me tell you, you do not have to get your wisdom teeth removed. If there is a specific reason like it’s, causing you pain. The tooth now has a giant cavity, the tooth is impacted or now pushing up against the tooth in front of it and now it’s, just causing a whole drama inside your mouth right For a lot of people. That can be a very valid reason to have those teeth, removed. And another reason that these teeth should be removed, sometimes is getting to those third molars by ourselves at home and cleaning them or these wisdom teeth can be very, very difficult.

, Pringle Alim, If they’re in Line with the others, and if they’re completely fine yeah, you treat it like any other tooth. Elsaeed Myth No. 9 quotYou should brush right after every meal.quot Pringle Alim After you eat your mouth becomes more acidic., So it just naturally does. It doesn’t matter what you eat. And if you take something mechanical like bristles and rub it up against your enamel in an acidic environment, you can more easily wear down your enamel and you’re doing more harm than good.. So what you wan na! Do you wan na wait a little bit. You wan na wait at least 30 minutes until your mouth gets more basic, more neutral and then go in and brush. Elsaeed. I always tell my patients, you know if you eat, and then you have food stuck in your teeth: you’re literally throwing a free buffet to bacteria that didn’t pay to get in there., Pringle, Alim, Myth, 10 quotTeeth grinding, is not a serious problem.quot Elsaeed. A lot of people don’t know that they grind their teeth. A lot of it. Is you grind at night subconsciously when you’re asleep., You don’t, even recognize that you’re doing it., So what teeth grinding does No. 1? It can start wearing away at the surfaces of your teeth.. So if you wear away the protective layer now you are at a much higher risk of having way more sensitive teeth. When you used to drink a cold glass of water before and didn’t feel anything now, there’s a chance if you drink that cold glass of water, Without enamel that you may have experiences with some sensitivity.

, Another reason that grinding is a serious problem is that it can have effects on our jaw. Pringle Alim. If you’re like me and you’re a grinder, you definitely need to get a mouth guard. Teeth grinding is definitely on the rise. Elsaeed Myth No. 11 quotGum bleeding means you should stop. Flossing.Quot Pringle Alim Do not stop flossing, because your gums, bleed. You got ta just push through it. Gum. Bleeding, basically means that there has been so much inflammation around your tooth and so much potential foodstuff, that’s kind of stuck there when you disturb it with the floss. Your gums get angry and then they start to bleed.. Elsaeed Flossing is never going to have a negative effect on your oral cavity.. Pringle Alim, Coming in hot, with myth, No. 12 quotAligners will straighten your teeth.quot Elsaeed. Ok, this is a very loaded question.. What is the stability of their teeth? How long are they going to keep these teeth? Are their gums? Healthy? Is the bone healthy By jumping into aligners, without having that very crucial knowledge there’s a chance that, when you’re trying to straighten these teeth, you could lose these teeth. Pringle Alim. A good rule of thumb, for me, is if they don’t take X rays and they wan na move your teeth. You probably should not let them do that. Elsaeed Myth lucky No. 13 quotToothaches always mean cavities.quot, Pringle Alim. When you think about a cavity, you think of a small hole in your tooth, that’s gon na get filled with something.

. You don’t know what the dentist does it and then it’s fixed., But a toothache can be kind of an indicator for something way more serious.. So it could possibly be an indication for bone loss. When you bite down and you’re having a lot of pain, it could be because the bone around your tooth has started to resorb started to disappear.. It can be an indication of a fracture in your tooth. Myth. 14 quotChewing gum is just as good as brushing.quot Elsaeed Chewing gum is nowhere near as good as brushing right, So chewing gum definitely has some positive properties. Ok No. 1. If you’re gon na chew gum you wan na try to chew sugar, free gum. Or if you wan na look for gum that has xylitol in it, which is a great sugar option in your gum. What that’s gon na do is it’s going to promote saliva production., But for as great as chewing sugar free gum is. It will never take away or be a substitute for brushing right. You have to go in there with the mechanical work toothbrush, whether electric manual and get those surfaces of those teeth, clean and free of plaque. Pringle Alim. Your oral health is a part of your overall health., So it’s, not something separate. Like you. Can’T just take your mouth out and put it someplace.. You have to treat it like it’s, a part of your body. And so daily maintenance is crucial. Elsaeed.

A lot of people. Have you know dental anxiety., Like it’s normal., It’s, a lot to think about.. There are so many factors that people think about before deciding to go to a dentist., Sometimes going to the dentist. To just talk can really make a difference. Pringle Alim. If you want more information about oral health and just best practices, you can always check out Ada.org and they have tons of resources.