Common Dental Myths
Most adults have plenty of options about oral health care. A surprising number of them are based on myths and even on outdated facts that have been disproved since you last gave a thought!
MYTH: It doesn’t matter what type of brush you use.
Soft brushes are better. Hard bristles can damage both teeth and gums, as can sideways scrubbing. Always use a light tough with a rolling or circular motion when you brush so that you won’t hurt the gum tissue and damage the tooth structure.
MYTH: If you brush you don’t need to floss.
You may believe that if you brush you don’t need to floss. Brushing only removes plaque from the surface of the tooth. To prevent decay and gum disease, bacteria must be removed from between the teeth and below the gumline, something only floss can do.
MYTH: If you bleed when you floss, you have gum disease.
Gums can bleed when they’re irritated. If you floss regularly, a little bleeding may mean you are being too aggressive, or have skipped a few days of flossing. Bleeding that continues despite regular flossing may indicate gum disease, and should be checked by a dentist or hygienist.
MYTH: Pain relief does not mean problem-free.
Don’t make up your own oral remedies without consulting a dentist. Pain is a sign that your teeth or gums need treatment, and home remedies and over-the-counter medicines can mask the symptom while the cause worsens.
MYTH: Cosmetic dentistry is only for the rich and famous.
Modern cosmetic dentistry is more accessible and more effective than ever before. Nine out of ten adults consider an attractive smile an important social asset, and they’re putting their money where their mouth is, so to speak. Cosmetic dentistry is a $15-20 billion a year industry, and teeth whitening is the most popular procedure across generations. The results can bring amazing transformations!
MYTH: Only go to the dentist if you have a problem.
Damage to your oral and overall health, as well as care costs, can escalate as simple problems become more complex. Regular checkups and preventive dentistry are the best strategy.. leading to a more fulfilling life, no matter how old you are.