Many people try their best to keep a healthy lifestyle by eating a balanced diet and exercising frequently. Unfortunately, the public still holds misconceptions about oral health and even some habits that might seem benign are actually more harmful than one might suspect. If you ever have questions about your oral health or need guidance, feel free to ask our dentist at your next appointment. Our team will happily guide you in the right direction. Following are some common dental myths dispelled.
#1 You Only Need to Visit the Dentist if You Have a Toothache
Some folks mistakenly believe that visiting their dental practice is only necessary when something is wrong. The truth is that many times, symptoms such as toothaches or bleeding gums signify problems that are more advanced. Many oral conditions are asymptomatic in their earliest stages. Our practice uses the latest technology to diagnose potential problems as early as possible so that we can prevent their advancement and provide conservative treatment options.
#2 Don’t Brush or Floss Bleeding Gums
When our gums bleed, it is a sign that the gingival tissue is inflamed. Gum inflammation and irritation is an indicator of potential periodontal disease. Many times, when people notice blood they will stop flossing and brushing because they think they might be doing harm. If you notice that your gums bleed, continue brushing and flossing. If bleeding persists, call our office to schedule a checkup.
#3 Flossing isn’t Necessary
A lot of folks think that flossing isn’t necessary because they believe brushing is enough to control oral bacteria and plaque. Unfortunately, brushing is not enough because a toothbrush cannot reach deep between teeth. Interdental cleaning (flossing) is the only way to remove debris and bacteria between teeth at home.
#4 White Teeth are Healthy Teeth
While we associate white teeth as healthy and beautiful, it does not always indicate that they are healthy. People can have beautiful white teeth, and still develop tooth decay and enamel damage.
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