Dental Care Facts and Myths

Dental Care Facts and Myths

Bleeding gums are normal

This is a myth. It is not normal for gums to bleed when flossing or brushing your teeth. These can indicate an early sign of gingivitis. Fortunately, this problem is reversible and you should contact your dentist as soon as possible.

Sensitive teeth indicates decay

This is a myth. When you experience sensitive teeth, it doesn’t immediately imply that your teeth are decaying. It can, however, imply gum recession. Only your doctor can perform a full examination and provide information on what the problem may be.

You should floss only when it is necessary

This is a myth. You should floss when you brush. This is because flossing takes care of the particles and debris that the toothbrush may have missed.

Bad breath means there is a dental problem

This is a fact. Over 85 percent of patients who experience bad breath may have a present dental condition. If this is the case, mouthwash and gum only masks the odor, but does not cure the problem. You can brush twice per day and floss daily to reduce the problem, but the source may be under the gums. You can only find out be scheduling an appointment with your dentist.

Change your toothbrush regularly

This is a fact. You should change your toothbrush every 4-6 months. After a certain period of time using a brush, the bristles can become worn and their effectiveness hits an expiration date. You should rinse out your mouth with hot water after every brushing session and change the brush after you have been sick.