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Dental Urban Myths

June 20, 2023 Dental health Family dentistry

Dental Urban Myths

For everything we do, there is an “urban myth” or “old wives’ tale”, telling us how we should be completing the task. Dentistry is no different. So, how do old wives’ tales effect dentistry?
Flossing makes my gums bleed:
A healthy gum will not bleed. A bleeding gum is generally a sign of infection or inflammation, generally due to plaque or calculus build up beneath the gum line. Flossing will help to remove bacteria between teeth. If you floss regularly and your gums still bleed, you should consult your dentist and have a professional clean.
Hard Brushes work better:
Hard or extra hard toothbrushes are far more likely to be responsible for toothbrush abrasion. A hard tooth brush will wear away tooth enamel over time. Hard brushes may also increase the rate of gum recession, resulting in longer more sensitive teeth. A soft or extra soft tooth brush, and proper brushing technique is always the preferred option.
You can’t see your dentist when you are pregnant:
Pregnancy is a time of great hormonal changes that may affect the gum health, resulting in inflammation/redness and swelling. This is quite common, however should be monitored by a dentist. Regular dental check-ups are recommended throughout pregnancy. Toward the final stages of pregnancy, lying flat may be uncomfortable for some women, however most dental chairs allow for a more elevated position that is comfortable for patient and dentist alike.
I lost the calcium from my teeth during pregnancy
Teeth, once formed are susceptible to tooth decay from acid attack caused by plaque build-up, however the calcium in a tooth will not be “leached” out during pregnancy.
Alcohol mouthwashes work better:
Although both are effective in reducing plaque and gingivitis, Alcohol containing mouth washes have been shown to induce a greater degree of cellular damage in the mouth, potentially leading to mouth cancer, particularly when used with other risk factors such as smoking or alcohol.
Should you have any questions regarding your teeth or the rest of your mouth, you should seek the advice of your local dentist.