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  • By The Doctors of The Center for Cosmetic & Family Dentistry
  • March 13, 2017
  • When it comes to ridiculous beliefs on dental hygiene and treatment, we’ve heard just about everything. However, the most dangerous ones usually aren’t quite so over the top. Unfortunately, a number of dental myths are floating all over Destin & Panama City Beach, so the doctors of the Center for Cosmetic and Family Dentistry are here to put an end to the misinformation. Don’t feel bad if you have believed one or more of these at some point, you’re not the only one, but do make sure to give us a call at the Center for Cosmetic and Family Dentistry if you have any questions or concerns.

    If your gums are bleeding, don’t brush them

    The idea behind this false claim is that bleeding gums need to be allowed time to heal before they should be brushed, when in fact, gums bleed because they haven’t been brushed enough! This is because bacteria has built up around and beneath the gum line, irritating the gums.

    Sensitive teeth is a sign of cavities

    Tooth sensitivity varies among Destin & Panama City Beach residents. Some people have particularly sensitive teeth, and others simply have recessed gum lines, which exposes the roots, causing sensitivity. Although tooth decay can cause sensitivity, it is not always at fault.

    More sugar means more cavities

    Tooth decay and cavities are the result of bacteria breaking down sugars into harmful acids. The amount of sugar in your mouth plays a part, but the most important factor is how long the sugar is allowed to stay on your teeth. Brushing after meals or rinsing with water after eating sugary foods is a good policy.

    Bleaching can harm or weaken teeth

    Bleaching does not affect the health, integrity, or strength of teeth. In fact, bleaching only changes the color of teeth by removing tooth pigmentation. Some Destin & Panama City Beach residents may experience sensitive teeth or mild gum irritation after bleaching, but these are temporary and do not indicate that any harm has been done.

    Applying aspirin directly to teeth helps get rid of toothaches

    Do not do this! Aspirin does not work that way; it is effective only when it enters the bloodstream. Even worse, the doctors of the Center for Cosmetic and Family Dentistry reminds us that when aspirin comes into contact with teeth, it can actually cause more pain from an acid burn. Think about it – would you rub an aspirin tablet on your back for a muscle ache? Probably not.

    Now we’re talking! Dental myths can do serious harm if they are allowed to spread. We, at the Center for Cosmetic and Family Dentistry, want everyone in Destin & Panama City Beach to have healthy, beautiful smiles, so please pass this information along, and let us know if you have any questions about how to properly care for your teeth.

    Sources

    http://health.howstuffworks.com/wellness/oral-care/problems/5-common-dental-myths5.htm

    http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/healthy-teeth-10/cavities-myths

    http://www.1800dentist.com/dental-myths-separating-fact-from-fiction-finally/

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