Common oral care myths, debunked!
There are some common misconceptions about dental care which many of us may not think twice about. Follow the dental care advice below to reveal sparkling teeth and healthy gums!
- MYTH #1: Flossing isnít necessary.
Fact: There are some places, in between teeth, where a toothbrush canít reach. Flossing dislodges food particles and plaque in hard-to-reach places that can otherwise cause tooth decay.
- MYTH #2: Bleeding gums are normal.
Fact: Bleeding is a sign that your gums are damaged. Also known as gingivitis (a condition characterized by inflamed gums), bleeding is caused by plaque deposits along the gum line. To keep your gums clean, floss gently. If bleeding persists, seek professional dental care.
- MYTH #3: What you eat doesn't matter as long as you brush twice a day.
Fact: There are certain foods and beverages that can have an adverse effect on your oral health. Food items like candy, sweets or aerated drinks contain sugars or acid that can soften the surface of your teeth. You need not avoid them completely; however, ensure you rinse your mouth after consumption.
- MYTH #4: The harder you brush, the better.
Fact: Brushing hard can lead to gum recession and even tooth loss. Rather, brush for two or three minutes, and use short and gentle strokes.