You can find plenty of advice on the internet. The internet is full of answers to your oral health questions. However, the information circulating around is not always correct and can mislead you into making poor health decisions. Before believing what you read online, talk to your dentist who can guide you on how to make healthy decisions for your body. Below, we will tackle common dental myths and misconceptions.

Myth #1: Eating sugar causes cavities.

Many people think that it’s the sugar itself that causes cavities and other dental issues, but the problem is actually the bacteria that feeds on the sugar. Certain foods attract bacteria that live on and around teeth. These foods include sticky food and starches such as hard candy and potato chips. These bacteria cause a reaction that promotes tooth decay. The best way to prevent tooth decay is to rinse and brush after meals to reduce acid and plaque buildup. 

Myth #2: Brushing harder = a deeper clean.

It is not true that aggressively brushing your teeth can damage your gum tissue and scrape off enamel. We recommend using a soft or medium brush for your teeth for this very reason. Instead of vigorously brushing, use gentle swirling motions to loosen food and gently stimulate your gums. 

Myth #3: Flossing isn’t necessary.

Flossing is an absolutely essential part of maintaining good oral health. Only 20% of Americans floss regularly, and of those people, a mere 40% floss daily. Flossing is important because it removes up to 80% of plaque. Don’t skip out on this crucial step of your day.

Myth #4: Kids don’t need to brush baby teeth.

Baby teeth are temporary, but permanent damage can be done by neglecting them. Baby teeth are placeholders for adult teeth. Allowing your baby to fall asleep with a bottle of juice in their mouth can cause sugars and acids to attack both teeth and gums. 

Myth #5: Stop flossing if your gums start to bleed.

When your teeth bleed from flossing, it means that you need to floss more often. Bleeding gums are due to plaque or food debris build up and actually a sign that you need to floss. Continued flossing will strengthen your gums and the bleeding should cease. 

Myth #6: There’s no need for an exam if I don’t have any dental problems.

An exam is the best way to stop disease or decay before it happens. The longer you wait to get your teeth examined, the harder your problems are to treat when you do start to notice them. Dental exams scheduled twice a year for adults and kids are the best way to maintain optimal oral health — so even if you don’t notice anything wrong, it’s smart to still schedule routine dental checkups.

Schedule an Examination With Breckenridge Dental

Proactive dental care is the best defense against tooth decay, gum disease and other tooth problems. To speak with us about your oral health, or to schedule an examination, schedule online or call us at (502) 451-5222. When it comes to your dental health, you shouldn’t rely on myths and shared advice. Turn to the friendly staff at Breckenridge Dental to help you bring out your best smile.  

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