In a recent article called Dispelling the Most Common Dental Myths, we discussed how the internet may not be the ideal place to learn about your health and wellness. At Baldwinsville Gentle Dentistry, we want to make sure you have the right information for making decisions about your oral health. We corrected a few common myths in the last article, so let’s pick up where we left off and set the record straight on a few more here.
Myth #4 — Only sugar causes tooth decay.
Naturally occurring bacteria in the mouth create acids that combine with saliva, resulting in plaque buildup on teeth. Sweets certainly play a role in activating those acids, but surprisingly, carbohydrates in starchy foods are big culprits as well. Even if you avoid sugars, proper brushing and flossing, along with regular checkups, are needed to reduce the risk of cavities.
Myth #5 — Bleeding gums are not serious.
Many believe that bleeding gums just means they’ve brushed too aggressively, but it is one of the most common signs that something isn’t right in your mouth. There may be many reasons for the bleeding, so seeing us to find the source of the bleeding is important. If it is gum disease, which almost half the population over 30 has to some degree, catching it early before there is bone and tissue loss is crucial to reversing its effects.
Myth #6 — Diet drinks and juices don’t hurt teeth.
As we mentioned earlier, it’s not the sweet food and drink itself that causes tooth damage; it’s the acidity that is created. Diet drinks can cause just as much enamel wear over time, and the natural sugars in juices can be as harmful as regular sodas. When it comes to healthy hydration, you can’t beat water.
Myth #7 — Brushing harder will get rid of more plaque.
When it comes to keeping your teeth clean, nothing should substitute for brushing correctly for two to three minutes. Brushing harder to speed up tooth cleaning can actually be counterproductive by causing damage to the enamel and gums. That’s also a reason soft-bristle brushes are recommended.
When it comes to your oral health, facts matter. These “wives’ tales” are interesting to read about, but when it comes to actually taking care of your teeth and mouth, give us a call for an appointment to discover what your unique oral health needs may be. Located in Baldwinsville, New York, we proudly serve patients throughout Central New York. Contact our office to schedule an appointment and let our team help you keep a healthy, beautiful smile!