Common Dental Care Myths

woman holding toothbrushThere’s no argument that taking care of your teeth is important, but it doesn’t stop other dental care rumors from circulating. With your best interests in mind, we are going to take a look at the real truths regarding some of the more common dental care myths.

Myth: Sugar rots teeth.

Fact: Though sugar is a contributing factor, it is not the lone cause of rotting teeth. Sugar only makes a difference if you allow it to sit on your teeth for an extended period of time. At that point, it combines with bacteria and other acids to cause tooth decay. If you brush your teeth often, you can avoid that combination.

Myth: Flossing is just an extra step; it’s not actually necessary for healthy teeth.

Fact: Flossing is an integral part of oral health. Your toothbrush cannot reach between your teeth, and by not flossing, you’re allowing bacteria and plaque to corrode your teeth.

Myth: Chewing gum after I eat is just as good as brushing.

Fact: Gum is nowhere near as effective as the act of brushing teeth, even if it is sugar free. The bristles of your toothbrush are an important part of oral hygiene, as they brush away bacteria and plaque that will hurt your teeth. Gum will remove some of that, but not all, making it severely inferior to brushing your teeth.

Myth: Teeth whitening will hurt my teeth.

Fact: If done correctly, teeth whitening is actually a very safe procedure. With new developments, teeth whitening is safer than ever. That being said, you should still consult your dentist before using an over-the-counter whitening product. And if you want the very best results, you should have your dentist perform the whitening.

Myth: Children don’t need to brush their teeth because their teeth will fall out anyway.

Fact: Besides instilling bad habits in your children, failing to teach children to brush their teeth can lead to much more serious and permanent problems in the future. If baby teeth fall out too early due to problems with rotting, it can lead to severe problems with the child’s bite or permanent teeth.

Myth: If my gums are bleeding, I shouldn’t brush my teeth.

Fact: Brushing your teeth will actually help the bleeding stop. They are most likely bleeding because of food and debris that has not been properly removed with good brushing and flossing. Brushing will help to eliminate that problem. If the bleeding persists, however, see your dentist.

Myth: If I don’t notice a problem, I don’t need to see the dentist.

Fact: You should see the dentist for preventative measures. Your dentist can spot and take care of problems that you may not have identified. Also, bi-annual cleanings are integral for ensuring that your teeth stay healthy. Professional cleanings fortify your teeth against cavities and other problems and allow the dentist to catch a problem before it worsens. If you haven’t been to the dentist in awhile, don’t hesitate to call our office today to make an appointment before it’s too late!