When it comes to taking care of your teeth and smile there are a number of misconceptions that can be damaging your dental health.
Myth 1 – The harder you brush the cleaner your teeth will be
Brushing too hard or using a too abrasive toothbrush can harm your teeth by eroding the enamel that forms the protective barrier on your teeth and damage your gums. Here at College Dental Surgeries we always advise that you use a soft bristled toothbrush to help protect your smile.
Myth 2 – Flossing isn’t necessary
Brushing only reaches a small fraction of your teeth. It is therefore important to floss or use interdental cleaning aids to clean those areas between teeth that brushing alone misses.
Myth 3 – If your gums bleed, leave them alone
The reason your gums bleed is due to inflammation. This occurs when plaque or bacteria build up, causing the gums to become inflamed, bleeding is a symptom of this. If you notice any bleeding when you brush or floss it is important that you are even more thorough with your oral hygiene routine to help remove the build up of plaque and bacteria. Over time as the gums become healthier the bleeding will stop.
Myth 4 – You should rinse your mouth after brushing
You should spit, not rinse after brushing. This allows the fluoride in the toothpaste to continue working on your teeth promoting enamel mineralisation. Fluoride promotes the formation of a compound called fluorapatite, which is very close to compounds that occur naturally in your teeth. Fluorapatite incorporates itself into the enamel, strengthening your teeth against cavities. Rinsing your mouth immediately can remove helpful fluoride.
Myth 5 – If you’re not in pain you don’t need a dental check-up
With many dental issues, you don’t necessarily feel pain right away. If problems are left until the symptoms appear, it will require much more complex treatment to rectify it. If you wait until a cavity hurts, you could end up needing a root canal or extraction but with regular check-ups the problem could have been fixed with a simple filling. The dentist is able to notice problems up to 7 years before they cause you pain.
If you would like to find out more about how common misconceptions could be damaging your dental health, do not hesitate to call College Dental Surgeries on 01622 752340 and one of our team will be happy to assist you.