Good oral health is a critical element to your general health. Despite the need to maintain good oral hygiene, many myths and misconceptions surround dental care. The myths don’t just result in misinformation about dental health, but also cause a lot of harm to people with dental problems.

Whereas some myths cause people to make fewer routine visits to dental clinics for checkups, others can impair your health forever. Dentists offer correct information to dental patients, including recommendations for better care of their dental health.

Therefore, it’s important to consult with a dentist in case you have concerns or in doubt of your dental health. Here are the top 4 common myths surrounding dental care (gums and teeth) you should know:

Top 4 Myths about Dental Care

  1. Visit a Dentist Only if You’ve Got Dental Problems

Good dental health could be indicative of the proper care you’re according your teeth and gums. Regular  checkups and cleanups at least twice a year isn’t just good for your oral health, but also your general health. Regular gum examination can help identify gum disease at its early stages as it’s often symptomless.

Early detection and treatment of tooth decays isn’t just cost-effective, but also easy to treat. Oral cancer screening is also a critical aspect of regular checkups and visits to a dentist. Therefore, you don’t need to seek dental care only when having dental problems. As the old saying goes ‘prevention is always better than cure.

  1. The Harder the Bristles of a Toothbrush, the better it Cleans

It’s a myth that hard-bristled toothbrushes are better cleaners than their softer-bristled counterparts. The truth is that toothbrushes with harder bristles can actual harm your enamel and gums. You can clean your gums and teeth better with soft-bristled toothbrushes as they’re more gentle on your mouth, hence cause little to no harm.

The American Dental Association certifies dental products for effective and safe use. Therefore, look out for ‘ADA Acceptance Seal’ when buying dental products.

  1. Stop Flossing if Your Gums Bleed

Bleeding gums require proper care and cleaning to reduce the infection and stop it from spreading. Brushing your teeth and flossing them a minimum of twice per day can actually help protect your gums from developing a disease. Talk to a dentist about your bleeding gums to get proper treatment and thus improved oral hygiene.

  1. Silver Fillings are Healthy

According to Curatola, 52% of tooth fillings made from silver contain mercury that can easily leak into your mouth. Mercury is associated with various chronic and autoimmune diseases that can easily hamper your health. Therefore, avoid silver tooth fillings like a bad plaque, or simply use it sparingly if you have no other alternatives.

Chewing gum, drinking carbonated or hot beverages with a silver filling can easily put your life at a risk, with the possibility of grinding your teeth.

There are many more myths that surround dental care and thus the need for user education to create awareness for better oral health.

Contact Dental Wellness to make an appointment with a dentist Marlton to examine your gums and teeth.

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