Myths About Oral Care
There’s a lot to know when it comes to oral care. Like with so many facets of our life, there is also a lot of misinformation out there. Below are some of the more common myths about oral healthcare. The main takeaway, as you might suspect, is to brush your teeth twice daily, floss once a day, and see your dentist twice a year for a Tulsa teeth cleaning.
Teeth Bleaching Degrades Your Teeth
Many people have been warned about the dangers of using over-the-counter teeth-whitening kits. Despite the concerns around these kits, which may seem reasonable on the surface, studies have shown little to no evidence of tooth deterioration associated with the use of these kits. There has, however, been some indication of short-term gum irritation, as well as a potential for increased tooth sensitivity. If you’re still worried, come into Tulsa Modern Dental for a Tulsa teeth cleaning and ask the dentist about approved teeth whitening treatments!
Don’t Brush Bleeding Gums
Bleeding teeth and gums are a sign that your oral health care is in need of more attention, not less. While you should be careful of the sensitivity around these affected areas, you should by no means neglect them entirely. Gently brushing the teeth or gum area affected can help your body to fight off infection and accelerate the healing process. If the bleeding persists, make sure to contact your dentist.
Can’t Brush Too Much
While it’s very important to brush your teeth twice-daily, it’s also important that you don’t overdo it. Excessive brushing of your teeth, especially when applying a lot of pressure or using an old and worn out toothbrush, can wear away at the enamel of your teeth and increase the risk of oral health complications. This doesn’t mean you need to be afraid to brush your teeth, just that you should stick to the two minutes, twice a day routine.
Good Oral Health Guarantees Good Breath
We’d all love for this one to be true, but it simply isn’t. Many variables go into determining how a person’s breath smells at any given time, and many of our judgments of what is good vs bad breath are almost entirely subjective. Garlic or onion breath, for instance, bears no indication of oral health, yet is often considered amongst the foulest of breaths. The truth is that while components of toothpaste and mouthwash can temporarily make your mouth smell minty-fresh, it won’t take long for it to smell like what it is; the mouth of a mammal. However, proper daily care and good oral hygiene can ward away some forms of bad breath. There are smells associated with gum disease and tooth decay that we can prevent by maintaining the health of our mouths. For bad breath that isn’t a result of oral health problems, you can always keep some sugarless gum to chew on. Not only will it freshen your breath, but chewing the sugar-free varieties have been shown to have positive effects on the cleanliness of teeth.
Eating Less Sugar Equals Fewer Cavities
It’s not the sugar, directly, that leads to cavities, but the way it interacts with our teeth after being broken down by enzymes and bacteria. Bacteria consume sugar over other potential food sources and then they emit an acidic excretion that literally burns away at the protective enamel of our teeth. It’s a slow process and can be interrupted or prevented with a little caution. So instead of avoiding sugar, it is more important that you make sure not to let sugar linger in your mouth. Go ahead and eat the candy, just make sure to rinse or brush afterward.
Dental Treatment Should Be Avoided During Pregnancy
While true of some specific procedures, this is not sound advice as a whole. Any patient should make sure their dentist is aware if they are pregnant, but by no means do you need to avoid dentistry altogether during the pregnancy. Most routine dental work can be undergone with no threat to the parent or unborn child, and those procedures or medications that could present harm will be identified for you by your dentist. If you’re still feeling hesitant, simply call your dentist, or even your physician, and ask them. There certainly can’t be any harm done in simply talking to them.
At the end of the day, what matters is that you take care of the basic necessities for your oral care. Brush those teeth twice a day, try to give them a floss at least once a day, and schedule a Tulsa teeth cleaning appointment!