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7 Myth Busters on Dental Hygiene

Myth 1: Brushing Harder Cleans Teeth Better

Fact: The harder you brush, the more trauma it creates to the tooth enamel and gum tissue. It can eventually lead to other problems such as gum recession. Brush gently for two minutes, twice daily with a soft-bristled brush.

Myth 2: Flossing Is Not Necessary; it Can Create Spaces Between Teeth

Fact: Flossing is an integral part of maintaining good oral health. Flossing removes up to 80% of plaque. Plaque deposits promote tooth decay, but you can remove them with a daily flossing regimen. Flossing does not create spaces between your teeth.

Myth 3: Bleeding Gums Are Normal

Fact: It’s not normal. Bleeding gums during brushing or flossing is due to inflammation of the gums. Gums can become inflamed and begin to bleed due to excessive plaque buildup, the onset of gingivitis, gum disease, or other causes.

Myth 4: Kids Don’t Need to Brush Baby Teeth

Fact: Kids should start brushing twice per day as soon as they have teeth. Tooth decay in children can lead to health concerns long after their baby teeth are gone. Poor oral health at an early age can lead to lifelong complications.

Myth 5: If You Have No Oral Health Concerns, There’s No Need for a Dental Exam

Fact: An exam is the best way to spot trouble before it starts. The longer problems go undetected or untreated, the harder they are to treat when you begin to notice them. Semi-annual dental exams for adults and kids are the best way to maintain optimal oral health.

Myth 6: Oral health is not connected to the rest of the body.

Fact: Oral health is connected to overall health, and there are many correlations between your mouth and body. Mouth with severe tooth decay and periodontal disease is more likely to cause bacteria to enter the bloodstream and other health issues.

Studies found a link between periodontal disease and heart disease, diabetes, cancer, and more. Learn more in our blog post about oral health and heart health.

Myth 7: My teeth are unhealthy because I’m ageing.

Fact: Aging won’t deteriorate oral health. People who take care of their teeth during their childhood and adult years will still have healthy teeth in their old age.

Oral hygiene is essential no matter your age, so be sure to brush and floss throughout your entire life to keep your mouth healthy.

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