When it comes to dental myths, there are a lot! From “tooth worms” to George Washington’s “wooden dentures”, dental myths have existed for centuries. Today, C-Shape It is covering some common dental myths dentist frequently hear and providing information as to why they are completely false, follow along!
You don’t need to visit a dentist unless you are in pain. Unless you would prefer to have missing teeth, it is actually important to regularly visit your dentist regardless of any pain. We recommend visiting your dentist at least twice a year for a professional examination and cleaning. This can reduce your risk of decay, infection, damage and even disease.
Flossing teeth creates gaps in your smile. What!? If your teeth move from flossing, you have much more serious problems on your hands and need to visit a dentist immediately. With proper dental care, teeth should remain exactly where they erupt. Conditions such as gum disease or missing teeth can actually result in loose teeth, however, leading to misaligned, gapped or even crooked teeth.
It doesn’t matter what time of day you brush your teeth. Wrong! Although we do recommend brushing your teeth a minimum of twice a day, making sure you do so in the morning and prior to going to bed is important. While sleeping, saliva production is reduced, and leaving debris, bacteria, and plaque in the mouth can increase your risk of decay. Brushing your teeth in the morning can help reduce bad breath.
Diet soda isn’t bad for your teeth like regular soda. Although diet sodas don’t contain sugar, they are packed with artificial sweeteners also known to be unhealthy. The acidity in sodas, however, is one of the biggest problems, resulting in eroded enamel. We recommend using a straw to drink soda if you must and always rinsing it down with water afterward.
Have you heard any other dental myths you think we should cover? Contact C-Shape It today to let us know!