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Time to Bust a Few Dental Myths

Part of my job as your dentist is to educate you on dental health. Whether I’m teaching you proper flossing technique or discussing the advantages of dental implants, knowledge allows you to take charge of your own dental health. Today I’d like to educate you about a few common misconceptions about dental care. What are they? Read on to find out.

Myth #1 – I shouldn’t floss if my gums are bleeding.

False. Your gums are bleeding because you don’t floss. What’s more is that bleeding gums are a sign of periodontal disease – which is a leading cause of tooth loss. If your gums are bleeding, swollen, or irritated, make an appointment with me ASAP so we can treat you before you lose any of those precious teeth.

Myth #2 – The harder I brush, the cleaner my teeth.

Nope. Scrubbing your teeth can actually harm your enamel; once the enamel is gone, it’s gone for good. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and gently brush your teeth. You might also consider an electric toothbrush, as applying too much pressure when you brush with one slows the motor. The mere sound of a straining motor may remind you to lighten your touch.

Myth #3 – If my teeth look healthy, they are healthy.

Wrong again. I have extensive education and experience identifying problems with teeth, gums, and jaws. I also have technology that allows me to see what can’t be seen with the naked eye. Even if your teeth appear to be healthy, you could have microscopic areas of decay, teeth misalignment, or gingivitis among other things. Only a trained professional knows exactly what to look for.

Myth #4 – I shouldn’t see a dentist if I’m pregnant.

Actually, the hormone surges that accompany pregnancy put pregnant women at greater risk for decay and gum disease than others. While we will avoid x-rays and surgeries while you’re pregnant, your regular cleanings are still necessary. You’re conscientious about all other aspects of your health during pregnancy, why wouldn’t you be as cautious with your dental health?

Avoid falling for these and other dental myths and make an appointment at Baldwinsville Gentle Dentistry today. No matter what the condition of your teeth, you will receive top-notch, judgement-free care.