4 Dental Myths Debunked
1. Firmer Toothbrush Bristles Get Better Results
Many believe that scrubbing their teeth harder with firmer toothbrushes will lead to a brighter, whiter smile and better overall oral health. Not only is this untrue, but it is actually counterproductive – brushing too hard can lead to gum recession and enamel damage.
Choosing toothbrushes with softer bristles, and gently massaging in a circular motion is a more effective technique for cleaning teeth.
2. Cavities Can Heal Themselves
Sometimes, ignoring problems can be an effective solution, but this is not the case when it comes to dental health. Cavities are formed from bacteria and acid eating away at the tooth, leaving a hole that will not be able to “fill itself” and heal. Left untreated, cavities will only get worse as the tooth continues to decay.
We get it, some people dread dental visits, but the only way to treat it is to have your dentist fill the hole in the tooth. Good dental hygiene can help prevent these cavities in the first place, so be sure to schedule regular checkups.
3. Bleeding Gums Are Nothing To Worry About
Just like cavities, bleeding gums should not be ignored. Persistent bleeding gums are the first sign of gingivitis – a mild form of gum disease. The good news: if treated in the early stages, periodontal disease can be reversed. The bad news: if left untreated, it can advance to a more severe form of the disease that’s harder to treat, resulting in tooth loss and even increasing chances of other chronic diseases. Do you see blood when you brush? It’s time to schedule your dentist appointment.
4. You Don’t Need Regular Dental Visits If You Look After Your Teeth
Myth! No matter how excellent your dental hygiene is, this does not provide a guarantee that you won’t have dental problems. Regular dental checkups are important for the maintenance of your oral health – just like a car, it is more effective to maintain health than to fix a problem later down the line. Here at Wurzbach Parkway Family Dental, each checkup includes a comprehensive examination, with digital x-rays if they’re needed. We monitor your gum health, help prevent diseases, and spot problems early! Our hygienists will also polish your teeth to a glowing, healthy shine.
Don’t believe the myths! Make sure you go for your regular checkups, take good care of your teeth at home, and if you are unsure about anything, ask a professional. If you have any dental concerns, or just want to maintain your oral health, schedule your appointment today!