Are you certain that you can tell fact from fiction when it comes to maintaining your smile? If not, you could be harming your oral health. Here are a few common dental myths that could be damaging your smile if you believe in them.
- You don’t really need to see the dentist every six months if you don’t have any trouble with your teeth. We understand that some patients may be a little hesitant or anxious about coming to see us, but these routine appointments are so critical to your oral health. Checkups and cleanings every six months keep your mouth clean and healthy, and if you do have any problems like cavities or gum disease, you can get treated before the condition progresses significantly. If fear does keep you out of our office, please talk to us so we can address your concerns.
- If your gums bleed when you brush or floss, it’s no big deal. Bleeding gums are NEVER normal. At the very least they may indicate gingivitis, the mildest form of gum disease, is present. They can be a symptom of a more serious condition, as well. Always bring this symptom to the attention of your dentist so that it can be properly treated.
- Flossing is unnecessary if you brush your teeth every day. Flossing is an essential component of a good oral hygiene routine. It helps to remove plaque and tartar that can build up along the gumline or in between the teeth, where it’s difficult, if not impossible, to reach with a toothbrush alone. All patients should be flossing at least once a day.
- Whiter teeth are healthier teeth. While whiter teeth do tend to make for a more attractive smile, that characteristic generally has no relationship with the structural integrity and health of the tooth. In fact, a bright white tooth can be riddled with cavities just as easily as a more yellow one can be strong and healthy.
These are just a few of the false beliefs that some of our patients may have. We encourage you to ask a member of our expert staff any time you have any concerns about whether you’re doing everything possible to protect your oral health. Feel free to call us or just check in at your next appointment. Don’t go on believing dental myths that could derail your healthy smile!