Common Dental Myths You Need to Know
/Dental_Myths_istock-300×199.jpg” alt=”" width=”240″ height=”159″ />There are dozens of myths floating around about dentists and oral health in general. And, believe me, after all of these years practicing dentistry, I’ve heard a few whoppers myself.
It’s important though to separate fact from fiction; understand that many of the dental myths that you hear are just that – myths.
Here is the truth about several dental misconceptions.
Myth #1: If you don’t see or feel a problem with your teeth, then you don’t have to see a dentist.
Just because your teeth look healthy doesn’t mean that it is a good idea to skip going to the dentist. You should visit my office twice a year for an exam and dental cleaning to make sure that your teeth stay healthy.
Myth #2: Chewing sugar-free gum after a meal is just as effective as brushing your teeth.
Nope, sorry. While chewing gum after meals can help clean your teeth and freshen your breath after meals, it is no replacement for thoroughly brushing and flossing. You need a toothbrush and floss to remove food particles. Gum won’t do the trick.
Myth 3: Teeth whitening will damage tooth enamel.
Teeth whitening is extremely safe. If you consult a cosmetic dentist, like myself, about all of your professional teeth whitening options, you will have nothing to worry about.
Myth 4: You shouldn’t brush your teeth if your gums are bleeding.
While it’s alarming to see bleeding gums, understand that it’s usually a sign that you’re not brushing or flossing properly or regularly. If you notice that your gums become more prone to bleeding, it is a good idea to thoroughly and gently brush and floss them at least twice a day. If the bleeding continues, give us a call so I can evaluate what else might be going on.
If I have left some popular dental myths out, or if you have questions about any of them, come on in to see us. We’re just a phone call away.