Dental Care Myths: Are they Fact or Fiction?

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Dental care and oral hygiene can be confusing and overwhelming at times, which generally results in the creation of myths. But sometimes myths keep you from completely understanding dental care and oral hygiene, and we are thrilled to help you solve the myths you hear every day!

Myth No. 1: Sugar is the only thing that causes cavities.
False: Sugar does cause cavities, yes, but it is not the only thing that does so. Acidic foods and drinks also cause tooth decay because they break down your tooth’s enamel, weakens the tooth, and makes your tooth more prone to decay. Sugar and carbs, like rice, potatoes, bread, fruits, and vegetables, can begin the process of tooth decay.

Myth No. 2: Kids get more cavities than adults.
False: Kids do not get more cavities than adults because, thanks to tap water, the fluoride in the water strengthens and nourishes their teeth, allowing them to fight off tooth decay. But, senior citizens are more prone to tooth decay because the medications they take tend to dry out their mouths. Without saliva, there is no tooth protection.

Myth No. 3: Flossing is not important.
False: Flossing is extremely important. It may even be more important than brushing. Flossing is vital if you wish to have a healthy, strong, and functional smile because it cleans the areas of your smile that your brush cannot reach. It also removes plaque from your teeth each day, which is very important in the long run.

Myth No. 4: Brushing your bleeding gums is bad.
False: When your gums bleed, it usually means that they haven’t received enough cleaning, especially enough flossing. So, go ahead and brush your teeth and gums, even your tongue! This technique will help eliminate the plaque from your smile, and plaque tends to make your gums swell up and bleed if it’s not removed.

Myth No. 5: Placing a pain killer next to a tooth will relieve pain.
False: It is generally not recommended to put a pain killer next to a tooth that is giving you pain. Pain killers work best if they are in the blood stream, and if they are pressed against the gums, the pill can burn and harm the gums. Plus, the only way to relieve pain in the center of your tooth is to swallow the pill and wait for the affects to take place.

Call our office today if you would like to learn more about the facts of dental care! We look forward to hearing from you.