There are many dental “facts” going around that just aren’t true, and can actually be quite harmful to your dental health. So what should you believe? At Anderson Strickland Dental, we know fact from fiction – so here are the top five dental myths busted!
BUSTED: While it may seem to make sense, a hard toothbrush can actually cause irreversible damage to your teeth and gums. Use a soft brush with a gentle stroke on all of your tooth surfaces, including the delicate area where your gums meet your tooth.
BUSTED: The only thing that will do is burn and irritate your gum tissue. For a toothache, take an aspirin or other pain medication the normal way and make an appointment to see your dentist immediately! Whatever is causing the discomfort will not go away on its own and needs to be professionally diagnosed and treated.
BUSTED: Baby teeth are important! Not only do they help children chew, speak and smile, they act as spacers, making the proper room for adult teeth as the jaw grows. And just like adult teeth, if not taken care of properly they can develop cavities, cause toothaches, and lead to a lifetime of poor dental health.
BUSTED: That myth was created by an ad agency! While twice-yearly cleanings and exams are correct for some people, the proper interval should be determined by your dental professional.
BUSTED: Healthy gums do not bleed with normal usage – it is a signal of gum disease. And – gum disease leads to tooth loss! Talk to your dentist or hygienist immediately if you notice blood with brushing or a pink toothbrush. It’s not only not normal; it’s a sign that something is terribly wrong!
If you have a question about dental myths or anything else, we are here to help! Give us a call at 225-665-1212 today!