With most things in life, you’ll hear truths, half-truths, myths, misconceptions, and outright lies. The world of dental health is no different, so a savvy patient must be discriminating in the statements he or she accepts as fact. If you ever hear something about dental care that you think sounds strange, ask your family dentist about it. In the meantime, here is the truth behind a few common dental myths.
Myth: You Can’t Have Sugar or Your Teeth Will Rot Out.
It is true that consuming sugar promotes tooth decay, and any dentist will tell you as much. However, it is the amount of time that the sugar stays on your teeth that really matters, not how often or how much you consume. Theoretically, you could eat caramels every hour of every day and never get a single cavity, provided that you brushed and flossed thoroughly after every indulgence. The rest of your body may not appreciate this practice, though.
Myth: Teeth Whitening Will Damage Your Teeth
You should consult a cosmetic dentist if you are interested in tooth whitening, but at-home and professional tooth whitening products will not damage or weaken your tooth’s structure. Overuse of tooth whitening products can cause problems, such as sensitivity and gum irritation, but will not affect the structure of your teeth. Even so, it is prudent to follow label directions and see your dentist if you have questions or concerns.
Myth: You Shouldn’t Brush or Floss if Your Gums are Bleeding
This is one of those myths that can be detrimental to your oral health if you believe it. Bleeding gums are typically a sign of periodontal disease, which is exacerbated by a buildup of plaque and tartar along the gum line. If your gums bleed, now is the time to call your family dentist for an appointment and redouble your oral hygiene efforts.
At Northern Virginia Dental Associates, we are committed to providing excellence in patient care and education. Call (888) 862-0095 to schedule an appointment. We’ll be happy to answer any questions you may have about dental health.