From George Washington’s not-so-wooden-teeth to the importance of flossing, here are the truths of some common dental myths.

Losing An Eye Tooth Makes You Blind

The eye tooth (more commonly known as the canine tooth) has its name because it is located below the eye. It has no other connection to your eyes, so losing it will not make you blind.

Teeth Whitening Damages Tooth Enamel

Everyone wants a pearly white smile, but you may wonder if teeth bleaching products can harm it. You have no need to fear, teeth whitening just effects tooth color if the instructions are followed correctly. The most you will experience is temporary tooth sensitivity or irritated gums.

George Washington Had Wooden Teeth

George Washington did have false teeth, but they were not wooden. In fact, you would be hard pressed to find wooden false teeth throughout history because saliva makes wood mushy over time. George Washington’s choppers were primarily made of ivory along with bone and human teeth.

Hard-Bristle Toothbrushes Are Better For Teeth

The harder the toothbrush bristles and the harder you scrub gets your teeth cleaner. Right? Actually, it can harm your oral health by causing tooth enamel to erode and the gums to recede. You should clean your teeth with gentle strokes and a soft-bristle toothbrush.

You Lose A Tooth With Every Baby You Give Birth To

This is obviously a myth, though one that isn’t too far from the truth. Pregnant women have morning sickness, altered hormonal levels, and other changes happening in their body which can make their mouths more susceptible to tooth decay and gingivitis. It is important that pregnant women keep up good oral hygiene practices and visit their dentist.

Flossing Isn’t Important

There is a reason your dentist always tells you to floss. Your toothbrush cannot reach between teeth and water can’t wash away plaque bacteria. Flossing is not optional; it should be done at least once a day in order to keep a healthy smile.

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