We all know that Oral health plays an important role in our overall health. We are all aware that brushing twice a day and flossing your teeth regularly can improve and help you in maintaining good dental hygiene.
But are we maintaining our Oral Health the right way? Though it’s possible to learn a lot of things from the internet have you ever thought that if they are accurate or not? This Incomplete and inaccurate knowledge and some of your misconceptions about Oral Health can cause serious damage to your dental health. There are many common theories about how to take care of your gums and teeth that can have an adverse effect on your well-being.
And as a concerned dentist I want you to know the accurate information and not believing these misconceptions for maintaining your oral health and a healthy smile!
THE HARDER YOU BRUSH YOUR TEETH, IT WILL CLEAN THEM MUCH DEEPER AND FASTER! Brushing your teeth is a pillar of good oral health but the truth is, brushing your teeth with a rough brush can cause damage to your teeth by scratching away the protective enamel that protects the inside of your tooth from cavities and decay. It is not appropriate to brush your teeth with all your might and it is actively harmful to them. Using soft circular or back-and-forth movements across the surfaces of your teeth while brushing your teeth, thereby resisting the urge to reach in and clean in full force. I recommend a soft brush to clean your teeth without damaging your gums and enamel.
WHITER TEETH ARE HEALTHIER TEETH! This is a truly a misconception because the color of teeth doesn’t indicate if your teeth are healthy or not! Your teeth can be whiter but you can still have bad oral health because it’s the whitening treatments that can make your teeth look whiter but still suffering from dental diseases. Color of the natural teeth changes in lightness, especially as we age. Just because the teeth are clean, it doesn’t suggest you should stop dental appointments. The best way to check your oral health is by having a dental checkup with your dentist. We will be able to look past the white teeth and take a closer look at potential issues that you may have.
DON’T FLOSS IF YOUR GUMS BLEED! Bleeding gums are a symptom of gum disease in many people. Gum disease occurs when plaque and bacteria build up on the gums, causing inflammation and tenderness. Generally you can handle it by keeping the deep-cleaned oral hygiene practice which includes flossing. So, most importantly don’t stop flossing! Flossing helps maintain good oral hygiene and it has some really surprising benefits.
ONLY SUGAR IS THE CAUSE OF TOOTH DECAY! Eating a lot of sugary food can increase the risk of tooth decay but if you still don’t have a lot of sugar you teeth are still at a risk if you are not flossing or brushing properly. Starchy foods also often produce carbohydrates which can form plaque.
WITH AGE, DETORIATING ORAL HEALTH IS NORMAL! Yes though aging can deteriorate your oral health but those who have taken care of their teeth in their childhood and adulthood will still have healthy teeth in their senior age. Age doesn’t matter for how our teeth are because you can be young but still having dental problems and bad oral health. Regardless of how old or young you are, oral hygiene is important so keep brushing and flossing all your life to keep your mouth clean.
DIET DRINKS ARE BETTER! It is not just the caffeine that hurts the teeth in soft drinks-it’s also the acidity. With time, sugar-free fizzy drinks may induce just as much enamel damage, possibly leading to increased sensitivity cavities, or even teeth loss. Natural sugars can be just as harmful in some fruit juices. Nothing beats water for a safe and soothing alternative to soft drinks.
NO SIGN OF ORAL HEALTH PROBLEMS DOESN’T MEAN NO DENTAL APPOINTMENTS ARE NEEDED! There are no oral health indicators or indications. You may not feel the pain right away, but patients often find no signs and symptoms in cases such as gum disease and cavities. Make sure you visit a credible dental clinic once every three months to avoid some oral disease and preserve the oral health of a value.
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