Taking care of your teeth is vitally important to your overall health, but many people don’t always know the best ways to tend to their teeth and gums. One of the reasons is myths about dental hygiene that are widely believed, but not necessarily accurate. If you’ve heard something about how to care for your teeth and gums that you have questions about, consult with your dentist.
Myths About Dental Care
Brushing with a stiffer toothbrush cleans my teeth better. Most people need a softer toothbrush. A very stiff toothbrush can wear off the tooth enamel, causing serious damage to your teeth and gums over time.
Baby teeth aren’t important, so there’s no need to take small children to the dentist. It is very important for children to visit the dental office regularly. The health of the baby teeth can dramatically affect the health of the permanent teeth, so caring for them is very important to your child’s future.
My teeth look fine, so there’s no need to see the dentist. Unfortunately, many of the problems we have with our teeth are not immediately visible. It takes a practiced eye as well as X-rays and other diagnostic tools to diagnose problems like decay or inflammation.
Myths About Gums & Bad Breath
If my gums are bleeding, I should take a break from brushing. Bleeding is an early symptom of gum disease. Since gum disease is caused by bacteria in the mouth, brushing is essential to prevent it from becoming worse. Keep brushing and visit your dentist as soon as possible.
Bad breath is no big deal, and no reason to visit the dentist. In many cases, bad breath is not a major problem. However, it can indicate an underlying problem that should be treated, such as tooth decay or gum disease. If your bad breath is severe or persistent, you should bring it to the attention of a professional.
To learn more or to schedule your next exam and cleaning, contact the office of Dr. Kelli Slate at 214-821-8639.