A lot of great wisdom gets passed down between generations and among friends, but sometimes things that we’ve accepted as true our whole lives are not only incorrect, they could be harmful to our health. Today, we’re taking a look at a few commonly held beliefs about dentistry that you may be surprised to learn are false! So next time you hear someone say diet soda won’t hurt their teeth or that bleeding after brushing is okay, you can be informed and fill them in on the truth.
MYTH: Seeing Blood After Brushing Or Flossing is Okay
FACT: It is not normal to experience bleeding during your standard brushing or flossing routine. Bleeding can be a sign of gum disease as a result of infrequent or inefficient brushing and flossing. When an area of the gums is routinely missed in brushing, it’s more likely to accumulate plaque and to bleed when eventually brushed. Make sure to floss daily and brush at least twice a day to keep your gums healthy and bleeding to a minimum.
MYTH: Pregnant Women Shouldn’t Go to the Dentist
FACT: No group of people should avoid going to the dentist! Pregnant women can be susceptible to pregnancy gingivitis or an increase in acid reflux, which may erode the enamel of their teeth. In fact, it is particularly important that pregnant woman see the dentist in order to prevent gum disease, as this can lead to complications with the pregnancy. While there are certain procedures, such as amalgam removal, that should be avoided during pregnancy, most routine dental practices are completely safe and should be part of overall prenatal healthcare.
MYTH: Diet Soda Won’t Harm Teeth Because it Doesn’t Have Sugar
FACT: Diet soda can be just as harmful to teeth as full-calorie soda. While it’s true that sugar leads to cavities, this isn’t the only harmful substance in diet soda. Diet soda has a pH level of between 2 and 3, whereas water has a neutral pH of 7. To put that in perspective, battery acid has a pH level of 0, putting diet soda closer to battery acid than water on the acidity scale! This acid can erode enamel and lead to tooth sensitivity and decay.
MYTH: My Teeth Will Naturally Decay With Age, So I Can Be Less Diligent As I Get Older.
FACT: Aging does not automatically mean your oral health has to decline. Simply because you’re getting older does not mean you should abandon your oral health regimen. Having a lifelong commitment to the health of your mouth will carry you well into your senior years and help ensure you keep all of your teeth strong and healthy. Similarly, being young does not mean you can cast aside oral responsibility either. The care you take of your mouth as a child and young adult will impact your overall oral health for the rest of your life.
Keeping yourself informed is your best defense against dental myths and will help keep you on the road to great oral health!
If you have any questions about these myths or others, do not hesitate to reach out to TruBlu Dentistry in Burbank, Hegewisch, or Chicago to schedule an appointment with a dentist today!