Three Common Dental Myths, Busted!
Whether it is through “friends” advice on social media or old wives tales, when it comes to dental hygiene and treatment, there are just as many myths as there are facts to be heard. In many situations, the advice is harmless, but sometimes following the wrong advice or believing a myth, can end up costing you unnecessary dental pain and the need for more expansive and expensive dental work. To help you distinguish between fact and myth, here are some of the most common dental myths and the truth behind them.
You Shouldn’t Brush Bleeding Gums
This is absolutely false! Bleeding gums are a sign that tartar and plaque are building up along the gum line. Bleeding gums do not need to heal before brushing them. In fact, they are bleeding because they haven’t been brushed enough. The best way to treat bleeding gums is to brush them more regularly. You should brush gently, but it is important to brush in order to remove the bacteria that has built up and is irritating your gums.
Decayed Baby Teeth are Okay
One of the most common myths about baby teeth is that losing them because of tooth decay doesn’t matter because baby teeth fall out anyway. This is also false. Tooth decay in baby teeth can result in damage to their permanent teeth. When baby teeth are prematurely lost, the permanent teeth may come in crooked or malpositioned, which means possible future orthodontic care. Babies should begin regular dental visits as soon as their first tooth erupts to avoid the risk of possible cavities in their baby teeth.
Tooth Decay is Caused by Eating A Lot of Sugar
This is partially true, but not completely. Yes, sugar is bad for your oral health, but it isn't the sugar itself that is causing the cavities. Bacteria in your mouth thrive on the sugars, breaking them down into harmful acids, which eat away at your tooth enamel. Brushing after meals and not drinking sugary beverages will help to eliminate the sugar bacteria needs to survive as well as help to prevent plaque buildup. It is also important to keep in mind that sugar is not the only thing that can possibly lead to decay. All foods can lead to a buildup of plaque, so it is essential that you brush twice a day, floss daily and visit your dentist routinely.
If you are unsure if something relating to your oral health is a myth or fact, don’t hesitate to talk about your questions and concerns with your dentist. Remember that good oral health is also beneficial for your general health as well, so brush and floss daily and schedule at least two visits each year with your dentist.
Contact Wright Smiles Pediatric Dentistry to schedule an appointment for a check-up or cleaning. We are here to answer any questions and address any concerns you may have about how to properly care for your child's teeth and gums.