It’s no myth that going to the dentist is a source of anxiety and stress for many Americans. Roughly 12% of adults say they have some dentist-related anxiety, and over 4% of Americans are so scared of going to the dentist that they just don’t go. In the wake of all of these myths and anxieties, it’s important not be misled by false information which can negatively impact your oral health. This information will debunk several common dental myths and help get you on the right track when it comes to your teeth and gums.
- Bleaching Weakens Teeth
Everyone wants whiter teeth, though sometimes regular brushing and flossing just don’t cut it. If you’re a coffee drinking or a smoker, keeping those whites pearly can be difficult. Luckily, there is a vast number of teeth whitening products available both over the counter and through your dentist. Many people shy away from these despite desiring whiter teeth, due to the widespread myth that bleaching your teeth harms them. While over bleaching can lead to translucent teeth, temporary tooth sensitivity, or irritated gums, these changes do not actually effect the strength of your teeth.
- Brushing Your Teeth Is Bad For Bleeding Gums
When your gums bleed, it’s a sign that plaque and food particles are accumulating along your gum line and the gums have become irritated and inflamed. You need to brush your teeth gently and regularly to remove that buildup in order to make the bleeding stop.
- Bad Breath Means You Don’t Take Care Of Your Teeth
While this can be true, there are many factors that contribute to oral odor and only one of them is bad oral hygiene. The foods you eat are a major culprit when it comes to bad breath. Garlic and onions can cause your breath to smell regardless of how often you brush and floss. Certain illnesses can also cause bad breath, such as pneumonia. If your breath suddenly smells, it may be a sign that you are falling ill. If you are concerned about your breath, you can always ask your dentist.
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