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Common Dental Myths Busted

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7 Common Dental Myths Busted

Information is readily available on the internet. The issue with some sources of information is that they are not always legitimate or factual. Anyone can publish their thoughts to the internet using many different platforms. This is making it easier for conspiracy theories and myths to challenge well known facts. Even those proven by science and unequivocal. This blog features seven common dental myths that are simply not true.

Myth 1. You should always brush your teeth immediately after eating.

Busted. Brushing directly after you eat reduces the effects of salvia, your mouths natural mechanism to break down food particles. This is especially true in the case of acidic foods. Waiting ½ hour after eating to brush is more effective, giving you two stages of cleaning. Read Healthline.com (Source Material)

Myth 2. “Brushing your teeth more than once a day can wear down tooth enamel.”

Busted. Dr. Kiran Kapadia of Clearview Dental, like most dentists, recommend using a soft bristle toothbrush and avoid brushing over aggressively your gums and teeth. Following this advice, you should not have any issues brushing twice each day. Tooth enamel is the hardest substance in the human body. It doesn’t wear easily. Brushing aggressively is more dangerous to gums and soft tissue in the mouth.

Myth 3. Using a good mouthwash can replace brushing.

Busted. There is no better way to remove plaque, food particles, and bacteria than brushing. The best mouthwashes include fluoride which can help prevent tooth decay. This is more important today as many cities have removed fluoride from city water supplies. A good mouthwash will also reduce bacteria and freshen your breath, but it simply can’t replace brushing.

Myth 4. “If there is no visible problem, you don’t need to see a dentist.”

Busted. It’s important to visit your dentist two times per year to keep your dental health in good shape. Most dental issues can be prevented before they happen, and most small dental problems quickly grow to be big issues. When it comes to oral health, Clearview Dental teaches that early prevention and education is important to maintaining your dental health.

Myth 5. “Regular dental scaling (plaque removal) weakens your teeth.”

Busted. Dental scaling removes plaque and calculus deposits on your teeth and under the gum line. If left unchecked, teeth can quickly decay as bacteria has a safe place to hide and avoid being washed away. Your teeth sometimes feel different after a good cleaning, and some may find it uncomfortable at times. However, dental scaling (done by the hygienists at Clearview Dental) is important for dental health and should be done twice per year.

Myth 6. “All dental procedures should be avoided during pregnancy.”

Busted. It is true that some things should be avoided when you’re pregnant. Unnecessary dental surgeries and X-rays for example. However, regular dental procedures such as, cleanings, fillings, tooth removal, root canals and more, can be safely done during pregnancy.

Clearview Dental understands there are many things expected mom’s worry about. Dr. Kapadia (a mom herself) can explain in detail why most regular dental procedures are safe. If you have questions about what should be avoided, if you have any doubt, speak to Dr. Kapadia at Clearview Dental.

Myth 7. You don’t need to floss if you use an electric toothbrush.

Busted. Electric toothbrush marketing personnel often claim that their brush cleans between teeth. This isn’t exactly the case, at least not as effectively as dental floss. To remove plaque below the gums and between teeth you need to floss. If you don’t like flossing, there are alternatives to traditional flossing. Electric toothbrushes are great, and they do a good job, but flossing remains essential for good dental health.

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