Everyone likes a good myth, like George Washington and his “wooden dentures,” but what happens when a dental myth can affect your oral health? There are quite a few myths that have existed for years that some of our patients actually believe; this can result in increased dental complications. Today, we’re here to clear up 4 of these dental care myths that can affect your oral health.
While it is true that bacteria love sugar, there are plenty of foods that can increase bacteria growth and dental decay. Foods such as bread, pasta, and even chips can be just as bad for your teeth as a bunch of candy. Starches and carbohydrates in these foods can break down into simple sugars, feeding bacteria, and resulting in tooth decay.
Many patients believe that a harder brush and brushing harder is better for removing plaque and preventing cavities. This, however, is far from true; using a hard brush can actually be abrasive and damaging to your teeth. Instead, opt for a soft toothbrush. Be sure to apply pressure, but not too much.
Many people believe that if they have a problem, they’ll know it and only visit a dentist when they begin to experience pain and discomfort. But often, a cavity won’t cause any symptoms until the decay, inflammation, and infection are affecting the tooth pulp. Scheduling routine dental examinations and cleanings will allow your dentist to notice decay before it becomes a bigger problem.
Bleeding gums may be common due to poor oral hygiene habits, but that does not mean it is normal. Bleeding gums can be a sign that you are not properly brushing, not brushing enough, and can even be a sign of plaque buildup. More serious conditions such as gingivitis and gum disease can also cause gum bleeding and should be addressed by a trusted, professional dentist.