A Combination of Good Oral Hygiene and Regular Check-Ups Can Help Maintain Your Smile For LongerHere at Curtis R. Couch D.D.S. in Thousand Oaks we thought we’d look at the validity of 7 dental myths. Some are true (and so aren’t really myths…) and others are not so much myths as misconceptions that have somehow survived.
Fact Or Fiction: 7 Dental Myths Explored…The following dental myths are taken from a large number floating around at the moment. For this article we’ve chosen the 7 that have the most impact on your oral health.
Myth 1: I don’t need to see the dentist, I’m not in pain:Fiction. Gum disease might not cause any pain, but that doesn’t mean it’s not there. Also, problems such tooth decay might not become painful until they’ve progressed to the point where you need serious treatment. Seeing your dentist on a regular basis can help prevent gum disease and detect problems early on.
Myth 2: Between oral health routines sugar free gum is a good way to clean teethStrange but fact. Chewing gum increases saliva and helps remove food that could be trapped between teeth.
Myth 3: You should visit the dentist every six monthsFor some fact; for others fiction. It actually depends entirely upon your oral health. Going to the dentist regularly is important; it helps fight against gum disease and is useful for the early detection of any problems. However, one of the expert dentists at our Thousand Oaks dental practice will let you know when you need to come back for your next check-up.
Myth 4: Brushing your teeth straight after meals is the ideal way to protect your teethFiction. As you eat, acid in foods and saliva weaken the enamel. So, by brushing your teeth straight after eating can cause:
- Tooth abrasions
- Loss of enamel
- May lead to sensitive teeth