Oral Health Myths Debunked
Some you may have heard of, others might be new, either way, not knowing whether something someone says about your oral health is true or not can be confusing. The belief of a myth can change your perception of going to the dentist and may even make you not want to go. Below, we look at myths within oral health.
Why it is Important to Talk with Your Dentist in Round Rock, TX
• Believing a myth may cause you to stop taking care of your oral health
• May cause you to stop visiting the dentist
• May create an unnecessary fear of the dentist
• Patients might try a dangerous belief at the risk of their own health
Shedding the Light on Some Myths
There are a lot of myths in the world of oral care, tips and tricks that if believed, will result in poor oral health. It’s time to set the record straight.
1. Aspirin on The Teeth
The myth states: if you have tooth pain, the best way to relieve the pain is to put an aspirin directly on the tooth. Consider when you have a headache, you swallow the aspirin and allow for it to get into your bloodstream; the same goes for a toothache. Take the aspirin and then call your dentist to book an appointment.
2. Brushing or Flossing Makes Bleeding Gums Worse
When you have a cut, you cover it with a bandage, some ointment, then leave it to heal. Some would believe that if your gums are bleeding, then leave them alone and let them heal. This is not the case, if your gums are bleeding, you need to continue brushing them properly. Blood in the gums is one of the first signs that bacteria and plaque have invaded the gum line. If, after some time, you continue to brush and floss, but your gums still bleed, you will need to book an appointment with your dentist to discuss the next steps.
3. Whitening Products Weaken Enamel
If used properly and you follow the instructions within, there is no validity to this myth. In some cases, however, you might find your teeth become sensitive with frequent use.