5 Dental Myths That Could Be Harming Your Teeth
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5 Dental Myths That Could Be Harming Your Teeth

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Sometimes, in an effort to put off regular dental check-ups that we’re dreading, we read more into myths and misconceptions regarding our teeth, thinking that we’re doing what’s best. But the truth is that believing some of these myths could actually be harming your teeth even more!

We’ve put together a small list of common misconceptions to help you take better care of your pearly whites.

  1. Flossing isn’t as important as brushing

A lot of people skip this essential step, mistakenly thinking that brushing is more important. However, if you don’t floss, you’re neglecting 33% of your tooth’s surfaces that your brush can’t reach. Letting bacteria build up in between teeth can cause pain, decay, and gum disease. Don’t skip this essential step!

  1. The whiter the smile, the healthier the teeth

A tooth’s natural color will vary from person to person. Someone with excellent oral hygiene may have naturally darker teeth than someone with blinding white teeth, but that doesn’t necessarily point to the health of the teeth.

  1. Don’t brush bleeding gums

If you’re brushing your teeth, but not your gums, plaque may be building upon the gums, which can lead to gingivitis and gum disease. People with sensitive gums, which are more prone to bleeding, should brush gently and at an angle to avoid irritation, but should still be brushing their gums.

  1. More sugar = more cavities

It all comes down to oral hygiene. Someone who eats lots of sugar, but brushes or rinses after meals may actually have healthier teeth than a person who eats less sugar but neglects oral hygiene. To avoid cavities, regardless of how much sugar you’re eating, be sure to brush and floss after meals. 

  1. Bleaching harms your teeth

This was true, prior to 1990, when bleaching methods were highly acidic and ate away at the enamel. But current bleaching services have never been safer!

Overall, the best things you can do for dental health is to brush twice a day, floss daily, and visit your general dentist every 6 months for a dental cleaning and a checkup!

Once your teeth are healthy and strong, orthodontic treatment is the next step! Properly aligned teeth are more aesthetically pleasing and they’re also much easier to keep clean and healthy. To set up a consultation for orthodontic treatment, please contact Lockett Orthodontics located here in Colorado Springs, Colorado. 

Posted on Apr 27, 2020

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