There is a wealth of advice available online regarding tips for proper oral care. Unfortunately, much of it is false or misleading. New developments in healthcare happen each day, and sometimes the messages get crossed. Other dental myths have existed for years, passed down from generations before. Set the record straight with the facts.
Here are 6 dental myths and misconceptions
Flossing is Unnecessary
Daily flossing is necessary in order to remove plaque build up in between teeth. Flossing helps prevent tooth decay, and helps remove bacteria. It is common for some to experience bleeding gums when they first start flossing regularly. However, if bleeding persists it is possible there is some other underlying issue such as gum disease. In that case, it is recommended that one should seek professional dental advice immediately, and possibly schedule a teeth cleaning in order to remove the plaque buildup.
The Whiter My Teeth Are, The Healthier They Are
White teeth tend to imply healthy oral hygiene practices. However, regularly whitening teeth that easily get discolored or stained may prove to be damaging to tooth enamel. It also may cover the root cause of discoloration. It is important to not rely too much on teeth whitening and rather: brush, floss, and use mouthwash daily to keep your teeth healthy.
It is Normal For Gums to Bleed
The most common reason why gums tend to bleed is because of inflammation. This usually happens when there is an increase in bacteria which results in inflamed gums and then leads to bleeding.
The Harder You Brush Your Teeth, The Cleaner They Will Be
It is important to understand that brushing harder may potentially damage tooth enamel and gum tissue. This can lead to serious issues over time. It is recommended that you should brush a minimum of two times a day, and for at least two minutes.
Poor Oral Hygiene Only Affects Your Teeth/Mouth
Oral health is directly correlated to your overall health. Growth of bacteria in the mouth can spread to other parts of the body. If bacteria enters the bloodstream as a result of deteriorating oral health, it may increase the chances of heart disease, cancer, and diabetes.
Only Need To Go To The Dentist When You Have Oral Pain
Prevention is better than cure. Even though you may not experience any symptoms, it is important to schedule at least two dental check-ups every year. Check out the MomentMD app on the App Store and Google Play to get connected with a dental professional.