With most adults seeing their dentist only one or two times per year, it’s easy to see how myths on this subject can begin and spread. After all, without information direct from the source, it’s easy for people to share what they’ve heard. If you’ve heard some misinformation that you’d like to learn the truth about, then check out the dental myth truths below.
1. Don’t Brush if Your Gums Bleed
If you have bleeding gums, then you’ve likely heard that you should avoid brushing until they are able to heal. Unfortunately, this will only cause your oral health to deteriorate. This is because bleeding gums are normally caused by plaque and food particles that have built up along the gum line. In order to stop the irritation, it’s important to brush regularly with the toothbrush angled toward the gums. It’s also important to gently floss in a back and forth motion to further remove plaque and food.
2. Sugar Will Rot Your Teeth
Most parents tell this dental myth to their kids to give them encouragement to brush regularly. However, what they don’t tell them is that sugar only contributes to dental problems when it’s left on the teeth for long periods of time. If you brush after eating something sugary or brush twice per day, then you can safely consume a reasonable amount of sugar without worrying about tooth rot.
3. Baby Teeth Don’t Matter
Since baby teeth eventually fall out, many people have the misconception that it doesn’t matter how healthy they are. However, since baby teeth set the stage (and offer the space) for permanent teeth, it’s important to make sure they are healthy. Rotting baby teeth can contribute to major problems with permanent teeth coming in.
4. Cavities Can Go Away With Regular Brushing
Once cavities are formed, they will not simply go away, even with excellent dental care. To resolve this, a dentist must clean out the cavity and fill it in. This will prevent further decay and ensure the tooth is left in good health. To prevent the cavity from becoming a problem in the future, it’s important to continue to regularly brush and floss.
5. Brushing Harder Cleans Teeth Better
Brushing harder might seem as though it’s going to help clean your teeth by getting into even the smallest crevices. However, brushing too hard can actually deteriorate the enamel on the teeth, hurt the gums, and increase chances of gum/tooth damage. For this reason, it’s important to apply only a small amount of pressure while brushing so that it feels comfortable. If your teeth hurt, then you are likely brushing too hard or with a toothbrush that has too hard of bristles. Investing in an electric toothbrush can help resolve these issues and comes highly recommended.
When was the last time you saw the dentist? If you need a routine cleaning or help with a dental issue in a professional and comfortable office, North View Dental is here to help. Call us today for answers to your questions or to schedule your appointment.