Are you confused about dental care and oral hygiene because of all the dental myths in the world? Well, this blog is here to help you set things straight! It is important to take great care of your smile, and you will be able to finally do so by understanding the facts about dental myths. If you have any questions or if you have other myths you would like to clear up, please call us now!
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: Because of the vitamin supply in tap water, kids do not have more cavities than adults. They do have cavities, but there is not as much tooth decay in children as you might think. On the flip side, senior citizens tend to get more cavities because of the medications they take. The medications tend to dry out the mouth, and without saliva, their teeth are no longer protected.
Myth No. 3: Flossing is not important.
False: Flossing is almost as important as brushing your teeth. If you do not floss, the bacteria will build up on and between your teeth and cause gum disease, pain, and tooth decay. Flossing also cleans the hard-to-reach areas of your smile that your brush cannot clean.
Myth No. 4: Brushing your bleeding gums is bad.
False: If your gums are bleeding, it is likely that they do not get the proper cleaning they need. Generally, gums bleed and swell up because the plaque on your teeth irritates them. So, please brush your teeth, gums, and even your tongue to give your smile 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 against the gums surrounding the throbbing tooth, the pill will burn and harm your gums rather than help them feel better. Pain killers also help more if they are in the blood stream, so please swallow your pills rather than place them against your gums and teeth.