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6 Common Dental Myths Debunked

When it comes to your dental health, don’t believe everything you hear. The risk of believing dental myths and misconceptions can lead you to approach dental care with false information and compromise your oral health. The Orlando dentists with Thornton Park Dental Arts uncover truths and correct six of the most common dental myths. Contact our dental offices in Orlando to schedule a dentist appointment today or learn more about our cosmetic and general dentistry services.

6 Common Dental Myths Debunked

Myth 1: Sugar Is The Main Culprit In Tooth Decay

Among the most prevalent dental-care myths is that you should avoid sugary food and beverages as they cause tooth decay and cavities. But the truth is that the sugar itself isn’t responsible for the decay. Instead, it’s the bacteria in the mouth that consume sugar and the need for tooth fillings. The presence and activity of bacteria in the mouth lead to the formation of plaque, which is the primary culprit in cavities and gum disease. We don’t advise our patients to go overboard with sugar-filled treats, but so long as they practice proper dental hygiene, sugar, in moderation, won’t likely contribute to dental and issues. Additionally, young patients may benefit from receiving a dental sealant to help protect their developing teeth and jaw against plaque and bacteria.

Myth 2: Poor Oral Health Is Hereditary

You have your parents to thank for several characteristics of your smile, including the size, spacing, and alignment of your teeth and the size of your jaw. Beyond these characteristics, however, all other factors and responsibilities of oral health fall in your hands. Patients are responsible for implementing effective and preventative measures to keep their teeth healthy, such as scheduling and attending regular teeth cleaning appointments. In some cases, certain genetic factors may correlate with a patient’s dental problems, but this does not pertain to the majority of patients.

Myth 3: Bleeding Gums Are Normal

No. Bleeding gums are not commonplace in healthy mouths, and they should not be ignored at any cost. We may experience bleeding gums while brushing or harshly flossing our teeth. Still, in other situations, bleeding gums may indicate significant oral health issues, such as periodontitis, or gum disease. Gums typically bleed due to a build-up of dental plaque. Over time, these infectious bacteria harden and become inflammatory, causing the gums to recede and the teeth to break down. If you experience bleeding gums, please contact our dentist office in Orlando to schedule an appointment.

Myth 4: Your Teeth Deteriorate With Age

Age matters when it comes to dental health, but often only in terms of how well (or how poorly), you care for your teeth and gums. Aging is not an inevitable cause of dental deterioration or decay. If you implement proper dental hygiene in your youth, your teeth will likely remain healthy into your older years too. In contrast, those who practice harmful oral habits, such as eating acidic foods, smoking, and not flossing are highly likely to experience dental issues down the line. Healthy dental hygiene throughout your lifespan helps ensure you keep your natural teeth both beautiful and healthy at any age.

Myth 5: Flossing Isn’t Really Necessary

Flossing is a necessary part of any proper oral hygiene regimen. Along with brushing your teeth at least twice per day, flossing is integral to keeping your teeth and gums healthy and happy. Whether it’s with a manual toothbrush or an electric device, brushing your teeth tackles some degree of oral plaque and bacteria. Still, there are many areas around each tooth that only floss can reach to remove plaque deposits. Additionally, only flossing removes plaque between the teeth and below the gumline. So, as a rule of thumb, remember that you must brush and floss both properly and regularly to have healthy teeth and gums.

Myth 6: The Harder You Brush, The Cleaner Your Teeth

When it comes to using proper brushing techniques, brushing your teeth harder is not necessarily smarter. In fact, brushing your teeth in a harsh or harmful manner can actually do more harm than good. Using a toothbrush with firm or abrasive bristles and exerting too much force while brushing your teeth can erode tooth enamel, which protects the inside of your teeth from cavities and decay. What’s more, harsh brushing can likewise make your gums recede and result in many teeth-and-gum health issues. To avoid this, use a soft-bristle toothbrush and avoid using too much elbow grease while brushing your teeth.

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