5 Common Dental Myths: Fact or Fiction?

Dental MythsWhen 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 Columbus, so Dr. Barry and Dr. Love 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 Lifetime Dental Health 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 Columbus 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 Columbus 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, Dr. Barry and Dr. Love 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 Lifetime Dental Health, want everyone in Columbus 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/

Dr. Barry is part of a Columbus tradition of dental comfort and care. His outstanding education and training forms the foundation which enables him to treat all of your dental needs with confidence and trust providing the best care possible. Dr. Barry received his BS from Ohio State University in 1976, he also received his DDS from Ohio State in 1980. He is continually educating himself and his staff on the newest dental techniques and approaches in order to provide you with cutting-edge, comfortable, personalized, and antiseptic dental care. Dr. Barry is educated in the following areas – Reconstructive Dentistry, TMJ, Cosmetic Dentistry, Lumineers, Invisalign, Endodontics, Botox, Juviderm, Pediatric Dentistry, Geriatric Dentistry.