When it comes to healthcare, there are many old wives tales and widely believed myths. Dental health is no exception! Take a look at these common dental myths and see if you have been tricked into thinking they were actually true.
Bleeding Gums Mean You’re Flossing Too Much
Au contraire, the opposite is more likely true. When you don’t floss enough, your gums can get puffy and sensitive. Those are symptoms of gingivitis, which is the early stage of gum disease. When you have gingivitis, you might notice some bleeding when you floss or even when you brush. Do make sure that you’re using a soft brush and be gentle with the floss. Also, make an appointment with your dentist; a cavity or an abscess can also cause bleeding in some cases. Most likely, you’ll just need a professional cleaning and a better flossing routine to get you and your gums back on track.
Everyone Needs to See the Dentist Twice Per Year
While this one is true in most cases, there are some people who need to see the dentist more frequently. If you have gum disease, for example, you might be advised to go every three or four months. Those with certain underlying health conditions or who take medication that affects their gums and teeth might also need to come in more frequently. Talk to your hygienist about the right frequency for you to see him or her for cleanings and routine checkups.
Teeth Whitening Is Bad for Your Teeth
Years ago, when teeth whitening first became popular, many people noticed increased sensitivity to heat and cold. Some also had soft tissue irritation. The good news is that dentistry has come far in the past several years, and these issues are rarely a problem. If you have sensitive teeth and gums, talk to us about the right type of teeth whitening system for you. Otherwise, you can feel secure using any of the major brands of gel or strips. If you do notice a problem, contact us promptly and we’ll help you find a better solution.
If you have questions about your dental health, don’t hesitate to give us a call and ask. If you’re due for a cleaning, please call today to set up an appointment.