Don’t Believe Everything You Read!
One of the best parts of my job is getting to talk to my patients. I learn about their families, their pets, their vacations, their jobs … the list is endless. One of the best things I learn from my patients is what they know (or think they know) about dentistry. With the internet at our fingertips, it’s easy to play armchair dentist (or physician, or quarterback) and believe what we read on the internet. The problem is that some of these commonly held beliefs could be harming your teeth. So what are they and are you one of the misinformed? Have you been unknowingly harming your teeth?
Myth 1: Teeth whitening is harmful to tooth enamel.
Not so! Under the supervision of a professional, whitening is perfectly safe. This myth could stem from the temporary sensitivity that sometimes occurs after whitening treatment, but this side effect subsides, leaving you with whiter teeth and perfectly intact enamel.
Myth 2: Children do not need to see the dentist until their baby teeth begin to fall out.
Actually, you should bring your child in as soon as their first tooth erupts. This allows me to ensure that their teeth are developing properly and teach new parents how to brush a baby’s teeth. Brush baby teeth? Yep! Those tiny little chompers are just as prone to decay as adult teeth. Sure, they’ll eventually fall out, but if they do so prematurely, it could result in future alignment problems.
Myth 3: You shouldn’t brush or floss bleeding gums.
Your gums are likely bleeding because you don’t brush or floss regularly. If your gums are bleeding, call my office to schedule an appointment so I can make sure you don’t have gum disease. In the meantime, brush gently with a soft-bristled toothbrush at least twice a day and floss DAILY! Only floss can remove the microscopic food particles and bacteria from between your teeth.
If you have any questions about your dental health, then there is one sure place you can turn to for correct answers: ME (or my team members). The next time you read something online that seems too good (or too bad) to be true, consider the source and call my office to schedule an appointment.