How much do you really know about caring for your oral health? You may think you’re doing the right thing, but are you believing the dental myths that could be doing more harm than good? Here are the myths about oral health that you shouldn’t believe.
Brushing harder equals cleaner teeth
It’s tempting to think that scrubbing your teeth harder is the way to get them properly clean. Actually, brushing your teeth too hard can damage the tooth enamel that protects them from decay and sensitivity. When you are brushing your teeth, use moderate pressure and make sure you brush all tooth surfaces.
You don’t need to floss
Do you skip flossing because you think it’s a waste of time? Well don’t. It’s an essential part of your oral health care routine because it gets between your teeth, getting rid of trapped food debris that can cause bacterial growth and tooth decay. Floss daily and if you don’t floss because you find it difficult, used waxed floss or floss sticks.
A bit of blood when you brush is normal
Do you notice blood in the sink when you brush? Maybe you just brushed too hard, but if it keeps happening, it could be an early sign of gum disease. Thinking that noticing blood isn’t serious is one of the most dangerous dental myths. You wouldn’t ignore bleeding from any other part of your body, so don’t ignore it in your mouth.
You only need to see the dentist when something is wrong
You should visit your dentist regularly, whether you are experiencing pain or not. Regular check-ups allow your dentist to spot issues like gum disease and oral cancer early. If you don’t see your dentist often enough, serious issues can be missed and your treatment could cost you a lot more down the line.
White teeth are healthy teeth
White teeth look the part, but it doesn’t mean that they are healthy. If you whiten your teeth at home but otherwise ignore your oral health, you could still have gum disease, cavities, or sensitivity. Don’t get too fixated on how your teeth look, pay more attention to how they feel.
Are you believing any of these dental myths? Hopefully this article has cleared things up for you.
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