Myths

Myths

It can be hard to dispel a myth. Sometime advice sounds reasonable, or we are so use to an idea because we have heard it all our life. But occasionally the truth shows that some beliefs are myths.

Only sugar causes tooth decay.

Sugar is definitely bad for teeth and general health, and we tend to eat far too much of the sweet stuff. But any starchy foods can cause the same type of decay problems. And anything acidic, like lemon or fruit juice, is almost as bad.

The bacteria in our mouths turn all sorts of food into decay causing acid. Sugar and starch are the worst of the lot.

We should brush out teeth straight after eating and drinking.

This was thought to be true, until research showed that many foods and drinks would weaken the tooth enamel. This means that the brushing would wear the tooth away! The teeth became sensitive as the enamel became thin.

Wait 30 minutes after meals before brushing teeth. In the meantime it helps to drink water or chew gum.

Diet drinks are a healthier option.

Most diet drinks are still acidic, so they will damage teeth pretty badly. And at least some artificial sweeteners are bad for health.

Only teenagers wear braces

There are adults who straighten their teeth with braces, or perhaps invisalign. It is just as effective.
The advantage of using braces as a teenager is that your teeth will be straight by the time you are an adult, so you can enjoy them for the rest of your life.

Bottled water is best

Water is definitely healthy. It cleans teeth and keeps us healthy. But bottled water has one small disadvantage is not containing fluoride. The fluoride in tap water helps reduce tooth decay. If the local water supply is good (as it is on Sydney) then tap water is a good reliable option.

Women lose a tooth each time they have a child.

This is not literally true, but there is a certain poetic truth in this. Pregnancy does strain the health. So in older generations many women tended to lose teeth for this reason. But modern dental care can largely prevent this.

Well aligned teeth are just for aesthetic value

A neat appearance tends to go with good functionality. Neatly aligned teeth will make chewing and speaking easier, and tend to be free from jaw pain. They are almost always easier to clean.

Baby teeth are expendable.

Decay in a baby tooth increases the risk of problems in the permanent teeth. Keep the baby teeth healthy.

Factors For a Smile

Factors For a Smile

Any understanding of aesthetics will discuss the idea of coherence – all the parts of an object or artwork must fit together to create the right overall impression. This is true whether the parts are meant to be pleasantly balanced (which is the usual case) or if they are deliberately meant to clash.

All the elements of an attractive object or artwork may contribute to the overall effect. Sometimes changing one element we change that overall effect; one element can make or break the end result. On the other hand we occasionally find that changing element of the whole makes no different. Changing one element will make no difference if all the other elements were not quite right to start with.

There are various elements of a mouth and its smile. All contribute to the overall effect.

Tooth colour

The tooth colour is most noticeable when something is wrong. We expect teeth to be bright white, and associate this with cleanliness. Bleaching can make dull looking teeth a very nice shade of white.

Smile Arc
The curve of the teeth. The row of teeth will usually look most pleasing if they gently curve upward.

Gum Ratio.

We usually show some gum line with our teeth. Too much gum can look unbalanced. But having a smile that is all teeth can also look unbalanced.

Spacing

Teeth look best when evenly spaced, almost touching with no gaps.

Overbite Slight

Our culture expects the upper teeth to be slightly more forward then the lower teeth. This is a very mild overbite. This alignment can be altered with orthodontics.

Midline

The front teeth should be in the centre of the face, though slight asymmetry does work well for some people.

Braces Dundas

Orthodontic treatment, including braces, will straighten teeth. This is especially effective when done in the teenage years as the patient will benefit from the improved teeth for their entire adult life.

Braces will make the teeth look neat and straight, and can improve the mechanical functioning so the jaw can move without issues.

Cosmetic Dental Denistone

Home of dental office bleaching can whiten teeth. The right shade of tooth will improve the appearance of the individual.

Newington Dentist

Healthy teeth and gums make all the difference to our health and our appearance. And there’s no downside to having a healthier mouth.