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5 Common Misconceptions about Dental Health

Make sure you’re not making these common mistakes!

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Today we’re going to look at some common misconceptions about dental health. Maybe your parents or grandparents gave you some advice that turned out to not be based on science! Maybe no one taught you the proper way to brush your teeth. Regardless, there are some things that you might be doing that are actually doing more harm than good to your teeth. Let’s take a look so that we can protect our teeth for the future!

5 Common Misconceptions about Dental Health

1. Teeth cleaning causes tooth damage

Regular teeth cleaning is a treatment that removes plaque and tartar from teeth. After removing the accumulated tartar, the inflammation of the gums is reduced and the swollen gums return to normal. During this process, the roots of the teeth may be exposed so symptoms of a toothache may appear. Luckily, this is temporary. After a week or two, these symptoms disappear and the teeth actually become stronger. Teeth cleaning is a procedure that must be performed regularly to take good care of your teeth.

2. You just need medicine to treat your gum disease

Gum disease is caused by a mixture of plaque, bacteria, and food and drink residue. Tartar is caused when plaque is left on your teeth for too long. It will harden and turn into tartar which is much harder to remove. Regular teeth cleaning is necessary to remove tartar. If tartar and bacteria are not removed, gum disease can occur. This is painful and many people turn to pain relievers when this happens. When combined with gum treatment, medicine relieves inflammation a little faster and helps calcium deposit in the gum bones. However, this is merely a temporary fix and won’t cure your gum disease completely. If symptoms of gum disease appear, you should visit the dentist for treatment.

3. You don’t have to take care of your baby teeth

Baby teeth act as a guide for your adult teeth. If your baby teeth are rotten and fall out too early, it could cause crowding problems for the adult teeth. They are meant to come out when a person grows up so if adult teeth come in too early, there might not be enough space in the child’s mouth for their adult teeth. This can cause your permanent teeth to come in crooked. In addition, if your top and bottom teeth are damaged or absent, it can make it difficult to chew food. This can adversely affect the development of your permanent teeth as well. So make sure you take care of your baby teeth so that your adult teeth can come in without issue.

4. Brushing your teeth with salt is good for you

While salt is helpful for antibacterial action, the hard particles can cause a lot of damage when they are ground into the surface of the teeth. Long-term use can cause your teeth to form a V-shape which is more susceptible to cavities and infections. If you need to use saltwater for antibacterial purposes, it is better to rinse your mouth with saltwater rather than directly apply salt to your teeth.

5. Chewing gum is not good for your teeth

Many people think chewing gum is not good for their oral health. Of course, it is true that the sugar contained in gum has a bad effect on our teeth. However, chewing sugar-free gum for more than 10 minutes can actually strengthen our jaw muscles and improve gum health. It also prevents dry mouth and helps maintain cleanliness by producing saliva in the mouth.

We hope that we’ve cleared up a few confusing things by addressing these misconceptions. It is important to use toothpaste and floss and get regular checkups. If you have pain, check with a dentist. Finally, it’s OK to chew sugar-free gum every once in a while. Good luck on your oral health journey and see you next time!

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