There is so much information out there just at the touch of our fingertips. However, you can’t believe everything that you read or hear from others. It pays to do your own research so you can make an educated decision. This especially the case when it comes to how you maintain excellent oral health. Read on to see which misleading myths your dentist in Clintonville is setting straight so you can be more informed about your smile.
Myth 1: Brush Harder for Cleaner Teeth
If you’re brushing to vigorously or using a toothbrush that has bristles that are too stiff, you can actually cause harm to your smile. You could be eroding away your protective enamel that keeps you from developing cavities. Brushing too hard can also damage the soft tissues in your mouth and cause you to experience gum recession.
Myth 2: Chewing Sugar-Free Gum Is Just Like Brushing
While this would be a great way to speed up your morning routine, this is not true. The good news is that sugar-free gum that contains xylitol has a protective effect on the teeth. It encourages saliva production which can help to wash away enamel-eroding acids from foods and beverages. However, this does not replace the need for regular brushing and flossing.
Myth 3: Sugar Is the Main Reason for Cavities
You likely think that it is the sugary sweets that you eat that will cause you to develop cavities, but the truth is that carbohydrates are the main culprit. They do have sugars that break down the teeth, but they are also particularly sticky and do not wash away easily. Because of this, it’s important that you are careful to limit those crackers and chips that you like to snack on.
Myth 4: If Nothing Is Bothering You, There Is No Need to See Your Dentist
The thing about dental issues is that you don’t usually feel pain right away. When you begin to feel pain, this means that an issue as progressed and become much more serious. Often times you will require a more invasive and costly treatment at this point as well. With regular checkups, your dentist will be able to catch certain issues early on and treat them before they progress.
Myth 5: If Your Gums Bleed, Stop Flossing
The reason that your gums bleed is because of inflammation. Usually this happens because there is bacteria and plaque stuck between the teeth. His build up and causes the gum to become inflamed and bleed. If this is happening, it’s generally a sign that you should be flossing more often. By making flossing a daily habit, this will eventually go away over time.
Myth 6: Gum Disease Only Affects Your Mouth
Even though gum disease can cause gum recession, loose teeth, and tooth loss when it progresses, it is also important to note that it can increase your likelihood to develop all sorts of other issues in the body like diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, respiratory problems, and certain types of cancers that are related to chronic inflammation.
Now you know not to believe these myths any longer. With proper oral hygiene and by staying informed, you’ll be well on your way towards maintaining a strong, healthy smile.
About the Author
Dr. Eric Buck earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery from The Ohio State University College of Dentistry and is a firm believer in continuing education in order to stay up to date with the latest dental knowledge and technology. He is currently a member of multiple professional organizations including the American Dental Association and the Academy of General Dentistry. For more information on maintaining excellent oral health or to schedule an appointment, visit his website or call (614) 262-4150.