You can keep your smile intact throughout your lifespan if you take good care of it. Unfortunately, many people have misconceptions about their dental health that can be detrimental and put the health of your teeth and gums at risk. Here are some of the most common false beliefs that patients may have. Make sure that you have the correct information, so that you can properly maintain your smile.
- Professional dental care is mostly unnecessary if you keep up good oral hygiene habits at home: Many patients erroneously believe that if they brush and floss each day, there’s no need to visit the dentist unless you have a problem. This is simply incorrect. Routine professional cleanings scheduled every six months help to clear away plaque and tartar that can still accumulate even if you have a thorough oral hygiene routine. Furthermore, when your dentist examines your teeth and gums every six months, it’s far more likely that any oral diseases will be detected early, in their most treatable stages.
- Your diet doesn’t really affect your oral health unless you eat too much sugar: While excess sugar consumption can provide a valuable nutrition source for oral bacteria, you should consider the effects of other aspects of your diet on your oral health, too. For example consuming excess acidic foods and beverages can cause enamel breakdown. It’s also important to eat a wide variety of fruits and vegetables so that your teeth get all of the nutrients they need to stay strong and healthy.
- Bleeding gums aren’t a big deal: Some patients may think there’s no cause for concern if their gums bleed from time to time, especially if this symptom happens while brushing or flossing. Bleeding gums are actually a sign of early-stage gum disease, which can advance and result in more severe symptoms if it is left untreated. If you don’t act early to pursue gum disease treatment, you may experience gum recession or even tooth or bone loss.
- Enamel is practically indestructible: While tooth enamel is the hardest substance in the human body, it can still be damaged when the teeth are used for purposes that they aren’t intended. Don’t use your teeth as tools or chew on non-food items, such as fingernails, ice cubes or pencils.
Do you have the right ideas for taking care of your dental health? Want to check in and see if you’re doing everything properly? Call our office to discuss with one of our experienced, knowledgeable team members.