22 Jan Dental Myths that Could Be Damaging Your Teeth
Our dentist encourages you to visit the office every six months for a thorough cleaning and exam for optimum dental health. One of the biggest myths pertaining to dental care is that these frequent visits are not needed … dentists only want to see you this often for financial gain … Wrong. Patients that fail to see their dentist on a consistent schedule run a greater risk of sustaining dental decay and/or gum disease.
Bleeding gum tissue is common – Wrong. Patients using the wrong tooth brush (firm bristles) or exerting too much pressure (scrubbing vs. even pressure) may experience bleeding gums. Switching to a soft bristle brush or electric model should help. If gums continue to bleed, this may be a symptom of gingivitis. Failure to get to the bottom of bleeding gums can lead to gum disease.
Chronic bad breath is no big deal – Wrong. Halitosis can result from eating aromatic foods and drinking strong beverages, but when mouthwash or mints do not help it may be time to visit the dentist. Bad breath can mean many things from an infection to the onset of gum disease.
The only advantage to straight teeth is a nice smile – Wrong. When teeth are crooked there are areas for bacteria to grow. As bacteria increases, plaque builds. Without seeing the dentist a couple of times each year, plaque build-up can lead to dental decay or gum disease.
White teeth are healthy teeth – Maybe. Having white teeth does not provide a definitive answer as to the oral health of the individual. Brightened teeth that are naturally beautiful or receive their glow from teeth whitening products still rely on a daily oral hygiene regimen to maintain their good health.
Daily flossing and brushing can be skipped without a problem – Wrong. Okay, we all go to bed occasionally without brushing because of pure exhaustion. But that must be the exception if you want to maintain excellent oral health. A consistent hygiene regimen is needed to keep teeth and gums in great shape.
Tooth loss as you age is natural and expected – Wrong. Tooth loss happens for a variety of reasons … trauma, decay, or disease. But if excellent oral hygiene is maintained throughout your life, hopefully your teeth will sustain you for life.
Our dental provider is an asset to aid in great oral health. Call the office of Dr. Lori Logan and set up your next appointment.