Dental Facts and myths

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Dental Facts and myths

The truth behind common Dental Health Myths. When it comes to taking care of your smile, there are plenty of myths or misconceptions. Let’s see how many you have heard so far?

    1. You only need to go to the dentist if your teeth hurt.

Regular dental visits help your teeth stay healthy. Even if you are not experiencing dental pain, we recommend seeing a dentist twice a year for regular cleanings or exams. Some dental issues are asymptomatic but can still cause infection and need treatment. If you wait to long, the treatment needed may be more expensive or painful.

    1. The harder you brush, the cleaner you will get your teeth.

Brushing too hard can actually harm your teeth (enamel) and your gums. I always recommend a soft bristled brush.

    1. You should not brush your teeth if your gums are bleeding.

Bleeding gums are sign of unhealthy gums or due to bacteria build up. Daily brushing and flossing as well as professional dental care are better way to handle bleeding gums. So, keep brushing.

    1. Flossing is not really necessary. Flossing can create space between your teeth.

Flossing helps prevent decay between your teeth. The recommendation to floss regularly was removed from the governments based on lack of evidence for the practice. However, a lack of evidence does not necessarily mean that flossing is not effective.

    1. When it comes to cavities, sugar is the main culprit.

Tooth decay or cavities (holes on the teeth) occur when acid from within the mouth attacks the enamel and dentine of the teeth. This acid produces bacteria that is responsible for the tooth decay because it slowly dissolves the enamel.  Sugar in foods and drinks play major roles increasing the bacteria within the plaque which also dissolve the enamel of the teeth.

ADVICE TO REDUCE DENTAL PROBLEMS:

  • 1. Brush teeth thoroughly twice a day with fluoride containing toothpaste.
  • 2. Reduce amount of sugar and sticky food intake or rinsing the mouth with water if they are consumed.
  • 3. Reduce snacks and cold drinks.
  • 4. Eat healthy and fresh fruits.
  • 5. Visit your dentist within 6 months.

 

 

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