How much do you know about dental care? It’s important that everyone in your family takes it seriously. No matter how old your family members are though, they might still believe some myths about dental care.
Too Much Bleaching
In an effort to make your teeth whiter, you might turn to bleach treatments. However, when you do this instead of trusting a dentist to provide you with the bleach, you need to be extra careful. However, it’s a common myth that overdoing it on the bleach breaks down tooth enamel and makes your teeth much weaker than they would be otherwise. This isn’t true, because the whitening only changes the color of your teeth.
Avoid Brushing Bloody Gums
Another common myth is to avoid brushing bloody gums. Flossing regularly can help prevent bloody gums when you do floss. Bits of food, tartar, and plaque can also cause your gums to bleed, or maybe they’ve become swollen and inflamed for some reason. In any case, you need to keep brushing your gums, and flossing too. Over time, your gums will get used to it. But if this doesn’t stop the bleeding, it could mean something much more serious is wrong. If that’s the case, then you need to talk to your dentist as soon as possible.
Bad breath is embarrassing and it’s understandable that you want to avoid it at all costs. But having bad breath doesn’t mean you’re not brushing enough. Think about what you eat – for instance, garlic can affect the way your breath smells – what medications you’re taking, and whether or not you have any medical conditions that could be influencing the smell of your breath.
Too Much Sugar
Be honest with yourself, do you ingest too much sugar? Reducing your sugar intake will go a long way towards improving your dental health and your overall health, too. But eating too much sugar doesn’t necessarily wreck your teeth. It has more to do with how long the sugar sticks to your teeth. If you go to brush your teeth after enjoying something sweet, you should be fine. So go ahead and treat yourself!
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For all of your oral care questions and concerns, Olney Dental has the expertise and professionalism to get them the answers they need. Olney Dental is ready to supply you with expert service in a professional environment. Schedule an appointment online today! For more information on how we can give your family the best dentist experience available, give us a call at (301) 250-1057 or contact us online. For more dental tips, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, YouTube, and Pinterest.