Dental Myths

Myth_Facts “It’s amazing the different ideas that patients have about dental care, but the fact is that believing some common dental myths can lead to serious damage to your teeth and gums,” says Dr. Carol Ford. Knowing the truth behind these myths will help you avoid doing unnecessary harm to your smile.

Myth #1 – Brushing your teeth vigorously gets them cleaner

Brushing your teeth is SO important, but it’s equally important to brush them the right way. Using a toothbrush with hard bristles or brushing too hard will rub away precious tooth enamel and cause your gums to recede. Your teeth could become loose and the roots may be exposed. This is an invitation for bacteria to invade and decay the root. For best results, brush your teeth twice daily with a soft-bristled toothbrush.

Myth #2 – Bad breath means poor hygiene

Let’s be honest, your dental care does have a lot to do with your breath. However, it’s possible to be a twice-a-day brusher with bad breath. Certain medications and illnesses produce treacherous breath, as can gum disease. If you seem to have bad breath no matter what you eat or how much you brush, be sure to call Dr. Ford for a checkup.

Myth #3 – I don’t need a dentist if I don’t have pain

Your recommended visits to Dr. Ford serve multiple purposes. Your gum tissue will be evaluated and your teeth cleaned, polished, and restored to dazzling. More importantly, the x-rays and exams that are performed will catch small problems before they become major issues that could cause tooth loss or infections. Many patients have no idea they have trouble without this routine care.

Myth #4 – Whitening damages your teeth

Following the instructions on whitening products is essential for safe whitening. In general, teeth whitening does not weaken your teeth but it may make them sensitive to hot and cold. Dr. Ford’s cosmetic dentistry practice can help you achieve a sparkling smile the safe way.

Dr. Ford hears lots of interesting “facts” about dental care at her cosmetic dentistry practice. Spend some time with her and learn the truth about your teeth!

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