Debunk Dental Myths With this New Year

Debunk Dental Myths With this New Year

Posted by Dr. Michael Most on Dec 25 2019, 07:20 AM

Dental myths are all over the internet. It acts as a trigger making patients conscious about their dental health and end up asking certain questions to their dentist, which they must have heard it from a friend, or discussed during causal conversations with a colleague from work. Sometimes they might be right, but most often, they are wrong and are dental myths. Some of the most common dental myths are the following:

1. Whitening your teeth helps to keep them healthy!

Teeth whitening helps in improving the aesthetics of your teeth, but it doesn’t prevent the disease-causing bacteria from invading healthy tissues of the mouth. Examples are the periodontal disease that develops in the gums, and cavities that appear on the surface of the teeth. In the meantime, you must keep up a good oral regimen and follow instructions to maintain a white smile.

2. When your gums bleed, you should stop brushing them

Bleeding gums are either a sign of improper dental health or an early sign of gum disease. You should set an urgent appointment with your dentist to get your bleeding gums checked. Do not stop brushing or flossing in the meantime.

3. Stay away from sugar to avoid cavities

Some people believe that sugar may be the lead cause of cavities and dental decay, but the main reason behind it is neglecting to brush your teeth after meals. Bacteria in the mouth feed on leftover food particles, and especially on sugary treats. They dispense acidic waste, which leads to the formation of plaque and eventually causes dental decay. It is necessary to maintain a strict oral health regimen to protect your smile.

4. You don’t always need to floss

Flossing is vital for good oral health. Bacteria and infections tend to grow in the most inaccessible places of the oral cavity, which are usually between the teeth that are usually hard-to-reach spots. Even the best oral toothbrush may not reach every nook and cranny, so flossing would be the next ideal step. If you leave particles to fester between your teeth, it can lead to infections, gum disease, gum recession, and bad breath. 

5. If you have bad breath, you need to brush better

Infections and bacteria in the mouth can lead to bad breath. But persistent bad breath and changes to your oral health regimen could be a symptom of changes in your body, reactions to the new medication, or more.

6. Dental implants are experimental

Dental implants are not experimental and have been available for a long time. Dental implants help in filling the gaps in your smile, improving the condition of jawbone, and also helps to maintain a healthy bite pressure. They are the best solution to fix your missing teeth as well.


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