Common Misconceptions You May Have Regarding Your Dental Health
We’re lucky to live in a time where we’re constantly learning more about dental health and the best ways to take care of our teeth and gums. While there’s a lot of helpful information, there are still some common misconceptions about dental care that could negatively impact your dental health. Here are some of the top misconceptions and what you should do instead.
No Dental Health Concerns Means You Don’t Need Regular Dentist Visits
Visiting the dentist twice a year is the best way to ensure your teeth stay strong and healthy! If you have a problem area in your teeth or gums that goes untreated for extended periods of time, it can be more difficult to treat or repair. Regular dentist visits also ensure that your teeth are properly cleaned, and it allows us to share tips and tricks to keep your mouth feeling great!
Flossing Isn’t Necessary
We have said it before, and we’ll say it again, the most important thing you can do for your dental health is to floss and brush daily! Flossing removes plaque from hard-to-reach areas while brushing and is the most effective way to prevent plaque deposits and tooth decay. All it takes is a few minutes after you brush, and you’re good to go!
Brushing Harder Means Cleaner Teeth
This is a tricky one. You might think that brushing extra hard is cleaning your teeth better. However, intense brushing is actually counterproductive. Brushing too hard can cause trauma to your teeth and surrounding gum tissue and cause gum recession. The best way to brush is to use a soft-bristled toothbrush and brush gently for two minutes twice a day.
Bleeding Gums Are Normal
It’s not normal if your gums are bleeding when you brush or floss your teeth. Bleeding gums are due to inflammation and can signify other issues like gingivitis or gum disease. If you notice that your gums are bleeding during daily brushing or flossing, please be sure to let us know during your next visit. You can also contact us to schedule an appointment if you are concerned about your gum bleeding.
White Teeth Equal Healthy Teeth
Despite what you may believe, white teeth do not always equal healthy teeth. Your teeth can become discolored due to staining from certain foods or drinks, or the discoloration may be due to damage. The underlying cause of discoloration may go unnoticed if you regularly whiten your teeth without discussing it with us. If you have questions about the color of your teeth, be sure to ask us during your next visit.
We Are Here to Help
If you have questions about any of these misconceptions, we are here to help! Always feel free to ask us questions or address concerns you may have during your visits. You can also contact our office with any questions or schedule an appointment.