10 Dental Myths Debunked

When it comes to taking care of your teeth and beautiful smile, there are plenty of misconceptions out there. While good oral health can be achieved easily, wrong practices can cause irreversible damage to your teeth. Most of us are working hard every day to avoid infections and cavities, and it pays to know the truth and differentiate it from myths. Here are the top ten dental myths debunked.

Myth #1: Flossing Is Not Necessary

It is so unfortunate that some people believe flossing is not necessary anymore. Some of them argue that there is no substantial evidence that links flossing to good oral hygiene. However, a lack of evidence does not mean that flossing is not effective.

The truth is that there is certain buildup between your teeth that you can only remove by flossing and the results are amazing. Therefore, it is still essential to follow your dentist’s recommendation on brushing and flossing.

Myth #2: If Your Gums Bleed When Flossing, Leave Them Alone

The primary reason why your gums bleed when you are flossing is due to inflammation. It often happens when harmful bacteria and plaque get stuck in between your teeth where the toothbrush bristles do not reach properly.

With time the bacteria buildup cause your gums to become inflamed and sensitive. Bleeding is a sign that something is wrong, and you need to see your dentist right away. Do not assume that it will stop after some time.

Myth #3: Sugar Is the Main Culprit When It Comes to Cavities

When you think of cavities, you might think of sugary treats and nothing else. But, the truth is that cavities may be caused by a wide range of foods and some of them may not be sugary. For instance, carbohydrates have moderate amounts of sugar, but they can cause cavities when they stick in between your teeth. Starch can also cause cavities.

Myth #4: Beauty Salons are Good Places to Get Your Teeth Whitened

Teeth whitening is a form of dentistry and should only be performed by a professional dentist in a dental clinic. While some local beauty salons provide teeth whitening services, it is not reccomended, and if there is no qualified dental professional involved in the process, it can carry huge risks.

Myth #5: Brushing and Flossing Well Before Meeting a Dentist Can Overrule Months of Neglect

Brushing and flossing thoroughly before your regular dentist appointment cannot hide what you have not been doing for weeks or months. Your dentist will see the Tatars that usually form around your teeth whenever you fail to brush or floss for a few days. Tatars can even lead to inflammation, and one instance of brushing or flossing will not remove them.

Myth #6: Root Canal Treatment Is Painful

While some people believe that root canal treatment causes a lot of pain, the truth is that the procedure itself is quite painless. This myth probably originates from the fact that a tooth infection that may require root canal is usually painful. Just like any other dental procedure, root canal is carried out under local anesthetic and is pain-free.

Myth #7: Gum Disease Is Rare

Statistics show that between 50-70% of adult Canadians have some form of gum disease. Only regular dental check-up and good oral hygiene can help prevent gum disease. Red, swollen gums that bleed easily are some of the signs of gum disease.

Myth #8:  Looking After a Child’s Teeth Is Not Important

Misinformed parents feel that taking care of their little ones’ deciduous teeth is not important. Unfortunately, the truth is that tooth decay and dental cavities are diseases that affect both deciduous and permanent teeth.

In fact, the decay of deciduous teeth may result in severe pain and infection. Practicing good oral hygiene can save your kid from all this mess.

Myth #9: Brushing Harder Makes Your Teeth Cleaner

It is quite normal to believe that the harder you brush the cleaner your teeth becomes. In fact, a lot of people out there believe this myth. However, what is unknown is that brushing your teeth hard can lead to bad oral health. It can damage you’re your enamel and gums. Consider using a soft brush with toothpaste that is not too abrasive while brushing.

Myth #10:  Whiter Teeth Means Healthier Teeth

While most of the substances that darken your teeth may be risk factors for dental problems, that isn’t always the case. Your teeth can become darker with age, and some foods and drugs may also darken your teeth without leaving any negative health consequences.