It is not too far of a stretch to say that there are a lot of misconceptions about dentistry. From rumors that spark fear to blatant falsehoods that dental treatment is not necessary, false knowledge can spread like wildfire. What is worse is when false information is spread and believed, it can become internalized and people may neglect their necessary dental care. In order to prevent the spread of misinformation, we’ve compiled a list of some of the most common dental care myths.
Common Dental Care Myths
Here are some of the most common dental care myths, debunked (disproved):
1. Flossing creates spaces/gaps between your teeth
Flossing has no correlation to gaps or spaces developing between the teeth. In fact, flossing helps to clear out dental plaque and food debris from in between the teeth. If plaque is left in between the teeth, it will harden into a substance called “tartar/calculus” which is one major reason why flossing is important.
2. Oral health only affects the mouth
Many studies have shown that the same bacteria that form on your teeth can travel into the bloodstream and affect other systems in the body including the heart.
3. The harder that you brush, the cleaner your teeth will be
In actuality, the more that you apply pressure to the toothbrush to generate more forceful brush strokes, the more you may be causing damage and scar tissue to develop on the gums, and gum recession. In some scenarios, the excessive brushing may even cause the enamel (protective outer-most layer of the tooth) to wear away.
4. People that get cavities don’t brush their teeth
Some people may be more prone to developing cavities because of a genetic predisposition, and/or pre-existing health conditions. So, if you are assuming that someone who keeps getting cavities is just “not hygienic” you may have assumed wrong. Remember, never judge a book by its cover!
5. If your gums bleed, you should stop brushing your teeth
Bleeding gums usually mean that there is a build-up of plaque and bacteria underneath the gum line, causing inflammation and irritation. Therefore, it’s actually better to continue brushing even when you see a bit of blood, because that consistent dental hygiene is what helps fight off that same bacteria and plaque that caused the bleeding. If you see blood when you brush or floss, be sure to tell your dentist as this could be a sign of gingivitis (early-stage gum disease).
Because of the wealth of misinformation regarding dental care that exists, it’s always best to check with your dentist for the most up-to-date, accurate information. Advanced DDS is a dental office in Garden City, NY where our providers are required to take CE (continuing education) courses in dentistry to ensure that we are using the latest techniques and technologies. Schedule your dental consultation today at 516-825-1100 for a dentist in Garden City.