Dossier: Healthy teeth

Investigating teeth-related myths

Does kissing really cause tooth decay? And if I have my teeth sealed, do I never have to clean my teeth? Myths abound about the right dental care. Joelle Schoppig from swiss smile tells us what’s true and what not.

Text Michael Suter; video Simon Keller; image Unsplash

The internet is full of tips on how to look after your teeth and packed with products promising a bright smile and healthy teeth. Stars and starlets, influencers and even manufacturers vie for attention as they promote the various products. So, which recommendations make sense? Joelle Schoppig, dental hygienist at swiss smile, clears up five teeth-related myths.

Is milk good for your teeth?“

Yes and no. Milk and teeth both contain calcium phosphate, which strengthens the teeth. However, milk also contains sugar, which damages teeth. For your teeth it’s better to eat hard cheese, because it contains the enzyme casein, which helps strengthen teeth”.

Can you get tooth decay despite having good oral hygiene?

“Unfortunately, yes. Oral hygiene is very important. However, your diet also plays a crucial role, because tooth decay is caused by a number of factors. It’s bad for your teeth if you eat sweet treats throughout the day and snack frequently. It’s important to eat as little sugar as possible. And avoid snacking.”

Can kissing cause tooth decay?“

Yes, unfortunately so. You can transfer bacteria to your partner through kissing, but do we really want to stop kissing? No! So you can keep kissing, but make sure you don’t eat too much sugar and look after your teeth.”

Does tooth sealing protect against decay?

“Unfortunately not. A fissure sealing fills in fissures and pitting. However, bacteria can still get in and cause decay.

”Do you have to keep your dentures in water?

“No, it’s better to store them in a dry place. However, it’s very important that the teeth are cleaned with a slightly abrasive toothpaste or alkali-free soap.”