We talk to hundreds of people each month, and we often hear people mention dental myths that aren’t true. So we thought it would be a good idea to highlight these, and debunk some myths!
- Flossing creates spaces between your teeth
We have heard multiple people say this, but thankfully it isn’t true. When you floss you are preventing tooth decay and will remove food and bacteria away from your teeth. Brushing your teeth will get most of your tooth, but no matter how well you brush you won’t be able to get all of the space between your teeth. If you haven’t flossed much then chances are your gums will bleed a bit at first, but if you keep at it, this will go away within a few weeks. However, if the bleeding doesn’t go away, then it possible you have gum disease and you should consult your dentist. If you are having a hard time fitting the floss in-between your teeth, it could be because of plaque build-up, so you will need to have a dental hygienist take care of this for you.
- You only need to visit the dentist when your teeth hurt
This is not true at all and could be bad! The reason being, when you feel pain, it is probably now a severe issue. If you had gone in before pain, then it is possible the issue could have either been prevented or at the very least repaired with less work. You should always be visiting the dentist at least twice per year!
- Baby teeth don’t matter
We hear people say things like this all the time, and this isn’t true at all! It is true that baby teeth will fall out, but it can cause issues with the adult teeth if you don’t take care of your child’s baby teeth. For example, teeth can grow in improperly if the baby teeth aren’t taken care of.
- It doesn’t matter when I brush, as long as I brush
Many people think that as long as they brush their teeth twice a day, it doesn’t matter when it is. This is incorrect, there are certain times each day that are most effective for brushing your teeth. Right before you go to bed is always one of the best times to brush your teeth. The reason for this is due to the fact that your mouth will produce less saliva during the night. So if you eat something and then don’t brush, the bacteria will sit on your teeth, and saliva won’t flush it away. Then you should also brush your teeth in the morning to stop bad breath! If you are drinking or eating sugary foods and liquids, then you will need to increase the frequency of your teeth brushing.
- Diet drinks aren’t as hard on your teeth because they don’t have sugar
While it is true that a diet drink doesn’t have sugar, they are still hard on your teeth. Diet drinks are very acidic, which can help contribute to cavities. Once you drink or eat something, it is about 20 minutes from then before the effects will stop working on your teeth. So every sip of pop will restart that count down.
These are just 5 common myths we hear, and we will be sure to cover more in the future! If you ever hear a myth that you aren’t sure about, then we would suggest talking to your dentist! They should be able to answer any questions you may have.