There are many dental “facts” going around that just aren’t true, and can actually be quite harmful to your dental health. So what should you believe? At The Smile Shack, we know fact from fiction – so here are the top five dental myths busted!
Myth # 1: Use a hard bristled toothbrush to remove more plaque and food debris from your teeth.
BUSTED: While it may seem to make sense, a hard toothbrush can actually cause irreversible damage to your teeth and gums. Use a soft brush with a gentle stroke on all of your tooth surfaces, including the delicate area where your gums meet your tooth.
Myth # 2: Putting an aspirin next to your tooth will help a toothache.
BUSTED: The only thing that will do is burn and irritate your gum tissue. For a toothache, take an aspirin or other pain medication the normal way and make an appointment to see your dentist immediately! Whatever is causing the discomfort will not go away on its own and needs to be professionally diagnosed and treated.
Myth # 3: There is no need to treat baby teeth; they will fall out anyway.
BUSTED: Baby teeth are important! (See previous blog entry!) Not only do they help children chew, speak and smile, they act as spacers, making the proper room for adult teeth as the jaw grows. And just like adult teeth, if not taken care of properly they can develop cavities, cause toothaches, and lead to a lifetime of poor dental health.
Myth # 4: See your dentist twice a year.
BUSTED: That myth was created by an ad agency! While twice-yearly cleanings and exams are correct for some people, the proper interval should be determined by you and your dental professional.
Myth # 5: It is normal for your gums to bleed a little bit while brushing or flossing.
BUSTED: Healthy gums do not bleed with normal usage – it is a signal of gum disease. And – gum disease leads to tooth loss! Talk to your dentist or hygienist immediately if you notice blood with brushing or a pink toothbrush. It’s not only not normal; it’s a sign that something is amiss!