No, we are not talking about the tooth fairy when we say dental care myths and facts! In this series, we bust some commonly held myths about colas, candies and cavities! Read on to find more about some common dental care myths.
- Myth: White teeth are healthier than yellow ones.
Fact: Not necessarily. White teeth certainly look better than yellow ones, but that doesn’t mean they are healthier. Yellowing of teeth can happen for different reasons like your diet, age, dental hygiene, and even your genes!
- Myth: Only sweet foods like candy cause tooth decay.
Fact: Sweets are not the ONLY cause of tooth decay. It IS true that bacteria grow on sugary substances if they are left in the mouth for too long. However, they are certainly not the only cause. Foods high in acidity, like soda and even fruit juice can lead to cavities, if they are held in the mouth for too long or if they are consumed too frequently.
- Myth: There’s no need to brush milk teeth because they are going to fall out anyway.
Fact: Well, it’s true that milk teeth fall out and are replaced by permanent ones, but milk teeth certainly can’t be neglected. Milk teeth are placeholders for permanent teeth, and teeth lost early can lead to misaligned permanent teeth. Besides, bacteria that cause cavities in milk teeth can infect and cause decay of permanent teeth as well.
- Myth: Teeth whitening agents weaken teeth
Fact: Teeth whitening agents are designed to bleach out unsightly stains, and reduce their yellow appearance. They do not affect the structure or strength of the teeth. Just like all chemical treatments, it’s always advisable to follow label instructions when using these products. Moderation is also the key here. You cannot use teeth whiteners (or any other agents) with the same frequency as you would use a moisturiser on your skin.
- Myth: Leave bleeding gums alone and they will heal eventually.
Fact: Bleeding gums are a sign of gum disease. Although leaving gums alone to heal seems the logical solution, bleeding is in fact a warning sign that you need a thorough dental cleaning from a dental hygienist to remove the bacterial build-up called plaque from the teeth and gumline.
Many people from Hartford come to our office because we are conveniently located next to Target. Our flexible hours and family dental practice makes it easy for busy families to schedule visits for both parents and children.
To book an appointment, contact Green Meadow Dental, 3579B Berlin Turnpike, Newington CT 06111, (860)-865-0056. Many people from Hartford come to our office because we are conveniently located next to Target. Our flexible hours and family dental practice makes it easy for busy families to schedule visits for both parents and children.
We also service patients from surrounding areas including Farmington, Berlin and Cromwell.