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Always use a circular motion to brush your teeth. Brushing teeth with a sideways scrubbing motion could hamper the gum tissue and may even affect tooth structure.

health and fitness Updated: Feb 06, 2010 01:05 IST

Myth:

It doesn’t matter how you brush teeth, up and down or sideways.


Fact:

It does. Always use a circular motion to brush your teeth. Brushing teeth with a sideways scrubbing motion could hamper the gum tissue and may even affect tooth structure.



Myth:

Genes determine whether or not you have great teeth.


Fact:

Wrong. Dental health depends on the way you take care of your teeth and mouth. Your genes have got nothing to do with it.



Myth:

Your teeth are healthy if they are sparkling white.


Fact:

White teeth don’t indicate good dental health. Your perfectly white set of pearlies could still be a breeding ground for cavity-causing bacteria.



Myth:

Now that my cavities are filled, I can eat all the chocolate I want.


Fact:

Dental fillings don’t seal against more tooth decay. Sugar can seep into teeth cracks easily, so filled teeth are actually more likely to decay again than unfilled teeth. Always ask the dentist if a cavity is a new one and caused by sugar or is the result of a broken old filling.



Myth:

If you brush immediately after eating, you can brush away the sugar before it causes decay.


Fact:

The germs in the plaque begin to eat the sugar as soon as it enters your mouth. By the time you start to brush, some decay has already begun.