5 Common Dental Myths: Fact or Fiction?

When it comes to ridiculous beliefs on dental hygiene and treatment, we’ve heard just about everything. However, the most dangerous ones usually aren’t quite so over the top. Unfortunately, a number of dental myths are floating all over Brandon, so Dr. Walker & Dr. Raynal are here to put an end to the misinformation. Don’t feel bad if you have believed one or more of these at some point, you’re not the only one, but do make sure to give us a call at Walker and Raynal, DMD if you have any questions or concerns.

If your gums are bleeding, don’t brush them

The idea behind this false claim is that bleeding gums need to be allowed time to heal before they should be brushed, when in fact, gums bleed because they haven’t been brushed enough! This is because bacteria has built up around and beneath the gum line, irritating the gums.

Sensitive teeth is a sign of cavities

Tooth sensitivity varies among Brandon residents. Some people have particularly sensitive teeth, and others simply have recessed gum lines, which exposes the roots, causing sensitivity. Although tooth decay can cause sensitivity, it is not always at fault.

More sugar means more cavities

Tooth decay and cavities are the result of bacteria breaking down sugars into harmful acids. The amount of sugar in your mouth plays a part, but the most important factor is how long the sugar is allowed to stay on your teeth. Brushing after meals or rinsing with water after eating sugary foods is a good policy.

Bleaching can harm or weaken teeth

Bleaching does not affect the health, integrity, or strength of teeth. In fact, bleaching only changes the color of teeth by removing tooth pigmentation. Some Brandon residents may experience sensitive teeth or mild gum irritation after bleaching, but these are temporary and do not indicate that any harm has been done.

Applying aspirin directly to teeth helps get rid of toothaches

Do not do this! Aspirin does not work that way; it is effective only when it enters the bloodstream. Even worse, Dr. Walker and Dr. Raynal remind us that when aspirin comes into contact with teeth, it can actually cause more pain from an acid burn. Think about it – would you rub an aspirin tablet on your back for a muscle ache? Probably not.

Now we’re talking! Dental myths can do serious harm if they are allowed to spread. We, at Walker and Raynal, DMD want everyone in Brandon to have healthy, beautiful smiles, so please pass this information along, and let us know if you have any questions about how to properly care for your teeth.

Sources

http://health.howstuffworks.com/wellness/oral-care/problems/5-common-dental-myths5.htm

http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/healthy-teeth-10/cavities-myths

http://www.1800dentist.com/dental-myths-separating-fact-from-fiction-finally/

Dr Eric Raynal and Dr. David Walker have been dentists in Brandon, FL for the past two decades, taking over Dr Walker’s father’s Brandon Dentist office. They are committed to continuing dental education and serving their Brandon dental patients with general dentistry, cosmetic dentistry and restorative dentistry services.

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