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Do You Believe Any of These 4 Myths About Oral Health?

October 20, 2017

Do You Believe Any of These 4 Myths About Oral Health?

Most people know that there are two main things to do to keep their teeth and gums in good shape: Brush and floss regularly at home, and visit their dentist on a regular basis. However, after these basic facts are understood, you may be surprised to know how many myths are floating out there disguised as truth. If you have any questions about how to best care for your teeth, you can always reach out to California Dental Group at (800) 407-0161. Otherwise, read on to learn the truth behind four common oral health myths.

Myth 1: Teeth that look good and don’t hurt don’t need to be examined or cleaned by the dentist

This is simply untrue. In fact, this is one of the most widely believed and most dangerous myths. If your mouth feels great and looks good, then we’re happy for you – but we want to make sure it keeps that way. What you can see yourself in your own mirror is just a tiny fraction of what we can see during your dental exam and x-rays.

No matter how good your teeth feel and how much they shine, if there’s an issue underneath you want to get it taken care of before it starts to affect your health. Why wait for a painful toothache to get a cavity filled? Why let a minor issue turn into a major one? We recommend that you visit your dentist at least every six months for cleanings and preventive care.

Myth 2: If your gums are bleeding you shouldn’t floss or brush

The reality is that if you notice blood when you’re brushing or flossing, it’s likely that you have the beginning of gum disease. If that’s the case, then the worst thing you can do is to stop brushing and flossing. We recommend that you work with your dentist to find out why your gums are bleeding. If it’s a case of simply having sensitive gums, we recommend using a softer bristled toothbrush.

Myth 3: A child’s baby teeth don’t need to be taken care of because they’re just going to fall out

Will your child’s baby teeth fall out? They certainly will. However, that doesn’t mean that they shouldn’t be taken care of. remember that you want to encourage good oral health care as early as possible. It’s also true that if they’re not taken care of, baby teeth could fall out sooner than they should. This can result in serious issues like misalignment of their adult teeth.

Myth 4: Eating too much sugar guarantees cavities

Sugar is no friend of your teeth, but the real issue is not brushing your teeth after eating sugar. If a person wants to enjoy a sugary sweet treat, they certainly can – they just want to make sure they brush and floss before the sugar has time to break down and damage your teeth.

If you’re ready to make a dental appointment, please reach out to California Dental Group at (800) 407-0161. We’d be happy to help ensure you have the facts about oral health.

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