True or False?
Over 600 million people suffer from severe periodontal disease.
TRUE
According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), 10-15% of the world population (600-900 million people), have severe periodontal disease.
A toothbrush can harbour about 5 million germs.
FALSE
According to research undertaken by Manchester University (UK) the average toothbrush harbours about 10 million germs, including a high percentage of potentially fatal bacteria such as E coli and streptococcus. The US Centre for Disease Control has stated that toothbrushes can be a source of "potentially pathogenic organisms".
If I don't clean my teeth effectively I increase my chances of experiencing a stroke.
TRUE
Studies have shown that oral bacteria can enter the blood stream, travel throughout the body and lead to serious health problems, such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, pneumonia and other respiratory diseases, strokes and even adverse pregnancy outcomes.
You can clean between your teeth with a screwdriver; the important thing is to get the job done.
FALSE
One UK survey* found that people were using dangerous items such as screwdrivers and knives to pick their teeth. Rather use a method that will not damage the teeth or gums, such as dental floss, dental tape, GUM Easy Flossers, and floss handles. GUM Soft-Picks are a safe, high-tech version of the traditional toothpick, with flexible rubber bristles that slide smoothly between teeth to remove food and plaque, without damaging the teeth or gums.
Sugar is bad for your teeth.
TRUE
Refined sugar in food and drink has been clearly linked to tooth decay. The When the bacteria in plaque feeds on sugar it produces acid. This acid can soften the tooth's surface, dissolving minerals in the tooth's enamel. Each time something sugary is eaten or drunk more acid is produced, eventually causing tooth decay (caries).
Because fruit contains sugar eating fruit can damage your teeth.
FALSE
Fruit, vegetables and even dairy products contain natural sugars, but these are less likely to cause tooth decay than refined sugar. Furthermore the nutrients in fruit and vegetables help boost the immune system and protect you from gum disease. Whatever food you eat it is important to follow an effective daily oral care routine.