Dental myths can make dental care and oral hygiene very confusing, but this blog is here to help you clear some things up! By learning the facts behind dental myths, you can take better care of your smile and you can teach others how to do the same! If you have any questions about these dental myths or about others you have heard, please feel free to call our office today. We are more than happy to help you understand more about dental care and oral hygiene!
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 of the fluoride in tap water, kids today have strong and healthy teeth. On the flip side, senior citizens are starting to have more and more cavities because the medications they take dry out their mouths. Their teeth cannot be protected if they do not have saliva.
Myth No. 3: Flossing is not important.
False: Flossing is vital if you wish to have a strong and successful oral health. If you do not floss, the plaque that lives on and between your teeth will remain and the hard-to-reach areas of your mouth will not be properly cleaned, which could eventually lead to tooth decay.
Myth No. 4: Brushing your bleeding gums is bad.
False: If your gums are bleeding, it generally means that they are not getting the proper cleaning they need. The plaque on your teeth tends to irritate your gums and it makes them swell and bleed. So please brush your teeth, gums, and even your tongue as often as possible.
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.