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Common Dental Myths

People who don’t enjoy going to the dentist usually believe in the dental myths or horror stories they hear from friends and family. Many of these myths aren’t true, and could actually cause damage to your teeth and oral health. Here are some common dental myths:


Myth 1 – “Brush right before your appointment, so the dentist won’t notice you’re not brushing regularly.”

If you aren’t brushing the recommended twice a day, it will be easy for the dentist to tell. Your gums will be red, swollen, and bleed easily, which are all obvious to a dentist. Brush regularly to prevent these issues.


Myth 2 – “If your gums are bleeding, don’t brush.”

This is exactly the opposite of the truth. Brushing your teeth removes plaque, which is the cause of your gums bleeding. You should also floss regularly to better prevent oral bleeding.


Myth 3 – “The more you brush, the healthier your teeth will be.”

Be careful not to brush your teeth too often, since the abrasive properties of tooth paste can actually corrode your teeth. A couple times a day is generally enough, plus flossing. You can also chew sugar-free gum, which will help avoid plaque from building up.


Myth 4 – “Teeth whitening can hurt your teeth. “

This is false. If the whitening is done professionally, it will not hurt your teeth. East Center Dental offers Zoom Whitening, which is a great and healthy way to whiten your teeth.


Myth 5 – “Pregnant women should not go to the dentist.”

Having regular dental checkups and cleaning during pregnancy is still recommended; however, anesthetics and x-rays are not recommended during pregnancy.


These are five common dental myths that are all incorrect. East Center Dental strives to make every visit enjoyable and comfortable for all of our patients! Feel free to call your dentist if you ever have any questions.