Taking care of your smile can be extremely difficult if you hear dental myths at work, school, and home, but we are happy to help you learn the facts about the myths that taint your oral hygiene routine and dental care. If you have any questions about these myths or if you have an additional myth you would like to discuss, please call us now. We look forward to helping you!
Myth No. 1: Sugar is the only thing that causes cavities.
False: Sugar does cause cavities, but along with sugar, carbs and acidic foods cause tooth decay as well. It is strongly recommended to brush your teeth after you eat foods and drink drinks like soda, juice, rice, potatoes, fruits, vegetables, and bread. If you don’t, the acidic and sugars will break down the outer shell of your tooth, weaken your tooth, and make your tooth prone to cavities.
Myth No. 2: Kids get more cavities than adults.
False: Kids do not get more cavities than adults because, thanks to tap water, the fluoride in the water strengthens and nourishes their teeth, allowing them to fight off tooth decay. But, senior citizens are more prone to tooth decay because the medications they take tend to dry out their mouths. Without saliva, there is no tooth protection.
Myth No. 3: Flossing is not important.
False: Flossing is very important. When you floss, you are cleaning the areas of your mouth that the brush cannot clean. Flossing also removes plaque from your teeth and gives you a higher chance at avoiding oral diseases, like periodontal disease.
Myth No. 4: Brushing your bleeding gums is bad.
False: If your gums begin to bleed, it generally means that your teeth and gums are not getting cleaned properly. The plaque on your teeth tend to make your gums swell and bleed, so please brush your teeth, gums, and even your tongue to give your gums the best chance at being healthy and strong.
Myth No. 5: Placing a pain killer next to a tooth will relieve pain.
False: If you place a pain killer on the gums next to your tooth, it will burn and harm your gums rather than relieve your pain. Pain killers are better in the blood stream, and it is best to swallow the pill if the pain is in the nerve of the tooth.