Dental care includes many components, including how your teeth and gums look, feel and function. Your oral health not only has the power to impact your self-esteem and quality of life, but it can also have a serious impact on your overall health. Therefore, it is very important that you have a clear understanding of proper dental care and what it takes to retain a healthy, confident smile. Are you believing any of the following 5 common myths surrounding oral health?
Myth #1 – If I don’t have pain, my teeth are fine.
Unfortunately, some of the most major dental health conditions begin without pain. A cavity is only painful once it gets severe, which will require more invasive and costly treatment. Furthermore, gum disease and oral cancer are usually not associated with pain. It is extremely important that you see your dentist on a regular basis so that these conditions can be diagnosed and treated at their earliest stage. Waiting for pain may be too late.
Myth #2 – If I avoid sweets, I won’t get cavities.
Cavities are not only caused by sweets or candy. Tooth decay begins with a process in your mouth that can be initiated by sugary foods and high-carbohydrates or starches. The bacteria in your mouth combines with these types of foods and produces acid. This acid destroys the enamel of your tooth and leaves your smile vulnerable to tooth decay. Fruit, crackers, bread and pasta all have the same cavity-causing capabilities as sweets. The key is to brush twice a day, floss daily and even drink extra water in order to prevent the acid from sitting on your teeth too long.
Myth #3 – If my gums bleed, I need to stop flossing.
Bleeding gums may be an indication you need to start flossing more! When we neglect our gums, bacterial infections can inflame these soft tissues and cause easy bleeding. Bleeding when flossing may be the first sign of early gum disease, or gingivitis. If bleeding and inflamed gums persist, consult your dentist. You may benefit from a deep cleaning or other periodontal therapy.
Myth #4 – If my teeth are white, they are healthy.
Unfortunately, the absence of stains or discoloration on your teeth does not mean they are necessarily healthier. This is an extrinsic feature of your tooth. An infection or cavity can still be found underneath a dazzling white tooth. However, in general, those that keep their teeth whiter by excellent oral hygiene efforts naturally tend to have a healthier smile in result.
Myth #5 – Children are more likely to get cavities.
Tooth decay can develop at any age. Any one, young or old, who has poor brushing habits is more prone to cavities.
If you have any questions about your oral health, Grateful Dental is here to help. We are happy to clear up your misconceptions so that you can enjoy a healthier smile and better quality of life.