We all have heard (and believed) a dental myth at some point in our lives. It is important to discuss these with your dentist to make sure you are not jeopardizing your dental health. Here are some myths that are commonly heard:
- The more you brush, the cleaner your teeth will be: Brushing more than recommended is unnecessary and doesn’t mean that your teeth will be cleaner. Over brushing your teeth can wear away the enamel and irritate your gums.
- Teeth whitening weakens your teeth: Teeth whitening only affects the color of the teeth, not their health or strength. However, too much bleaching can cause teeth sensitivity and gum redness on a short-term basis. If you are planning on whitening your teeth, it is better if you do it under the supervision of a dentist or a dental hygienist in a dental office. Not all over the counter whitening products work the same.
- Baby teeth are not important: Some parents assume that since baby teeth fall out rapidly, they are not important. The truth is that baby teeth play an important role, they help your child chew and smile, assist them in speech development and hold space in their jaws for permanent teeth to come in.
- I don’t need to worry if my gums bleed when I brush my teeth: This is not true. Your gums shouldn’t bleed when you brush your teeth. If they do, you should visit your dentist to get a routine cleaning and checkup. Your dentist will check for any disease that may be causing your teeth to bleed.