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5 Common Dental Health Myths
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Everyone wants to take good care of their smile, and while there is common knowledge when it comes to dental hygiene, there are also a number of pervasive myths. Are any of these inaccurate beliefs affecting your perception of good oral hygiene?

1.  Brushing Harder Helps Clean Better

It might surprise you, but brushing harder is not only counterproductive but can potentially be harmful to your oral health. A lot of people believe that brushing with more force can lead to a more effective clean, but this is not the case. The harder you brush, the more you risk causing trauma to your protective tooth enamel and soft gum tissue. Repeatedly brushing too hard can lead to receding gums, a condition in which your gum tissue pulls back and exposes more of the tooth and tooth’s root. Your gums function as a protective barrier over the bones of your mouth and your teeth. The gaps that form between gum tissue and teeth in gum recession actually leave teeth and gums more vulnerable to the build-up of harmful bacteria. If you want to brush more gently after habitually using too much force, consider switching to a toothbrush with soft bristles.


2.  Flossing Is Not Necessary

Many people think they can get away with just brushing twice a day, but flossing is also crucial preventative care. In flossing, you can remove leftover food particles, and lift out plaque between teeth before it hardens into tartar. This additional step can further reduce your risk of cavities and gum disease. Food particles and plaque build-up are both cited as common causes of bad breath. Remembering to floss helps keep your smile healthy and your breath fresh so you can make a good first impression.


3.  You Only Have To Visit The Dentist If Your Teeth Hurt

When it comes to your health, preventative care is the best care. Certainly, if you feel tooth pain, it could mean a number of things: perhaps a cavity or gum infection, a damaged filling, or even a more serious abscess, all of which are worth a visit to the dental health professional for a diagnosis and immediate care. But even if you feel fine, visiting your dentist twice a year (once every six months) is important as an oral care expert can address any problems you did not identify. Regular dental check-ups and professional cleaning can reduce your risk of developing tooth decay, gum disease, and other more serious problems that could result in tooth loss. Your dentist can also offer x-rays, fluoride treatments, and fillings to keep everything in working order.


4.  You Should Stop Brushing Or Flossing If Your Gums Bleed

This might be counterintuitive, but if you experience bleeding during your daily brushing or flossing ritual, this is a sign to continue being diligent about your oral health. Bleeding gums typically indicate gum disease, which means flossing to remove food particles and plaque is crucial. If you want professional input on teeth sensitivity or bleeding gums, schedule an appointment to talk to your care expert at TD Dental Group.


5.  Sugar-Free Gum Is A Good Alternative To Brushing

Not at all! In theory, chewing gum can collect food debris and reduce some plaque buildup, but chewing gum is no substitute for regular brushing and flossing before bed, be it sugar-free gum or otherwise.

If you’re curious about other common dental myths or something you may have heard from a friend or online, feel free to call for an appointment with the dental care specialists at TD Dental Group.

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28410 Bonita Crossings Blvd. #250
Bonita Springs, FL 34135
50 Westmister St N #101
Lehigh Acres, FL 33936
(239) 317.8333


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