When you find yourself feeling extra curious about your oral health, it’s always advisable to speak with us about your thoughts rather than relying on what you might consider “common knowledge” about dental care or advice from friends. Why? Well, there’s a lot of misinformation out that there might unnecessarily scare you, that will not motivate you enough, or that will just plain confuse you. To keep your smile as healthy as possible for as long as possible, becoming familiar with the facts is key. Let’s consider a few myths that you should push aside.
Myth #1: White Teeth Are Always Healthy Teeth
Just because teeth look bright and white does not mean they are necessarily healthy. A friend of yours can bleach and bleach his or her teeth but that doesn’t mean that those very same teeth are not full of cavities. Or, you may find that your teeth have become a bit yellowed over the years even though you take wonderful care of your oral health and your smile is free of disease. Remember that it’s all about the structure and health of your oral tissues – the way they look is often strictly cosmetic.
Myth #2: Bad Breath Only Comes From Food
Bad breath can certainly come from eating very strong or foul-smelling foods. However, this is not the only source of bad breath. If brushing and flossing after smelly foods – or cutting them out of your diet – does not eliminate the problem, it may be coming from an accumulation of bacteria. Make sure you’re brushing twice daily and flossing once daily (and schedule a checkup with us).
Myth #3: Aging Always Leads To Tooth Loss
If you care for your oral health, you don’t need to worry about tooth loss. Healthy teeth can last an entire lifetime!