Familia Dental Mythbusters

Believe it or not, there are as many dental myths, tricks, and old wives tales as there are in the diet and weight loss world. Familia Dental is here to dispel the common dental hygiene myths, saving you time and pain. In the end, nothing beats regular dental hygiene - brushing twice a day, flossing at least once a day, and visiting the dentist twice per year. 

1. Whiter teeth are healthier teeth – The natural color of teeth vary from one person to another

2. Brushing bleeding gums is bad – brushing these areas helps reduce plaque and inflammation

3. More sugar consumption = worse teeth – It is important to brush or rinse with water after eating, especially after sweets, to get rid of the sugars and acids that can damage the enamel. The true cause of decay is bacteria + sugar + acid. 

4. Placing an aspirin tablet next to a tooth will alleviate pain – this will only cause burns (BAD). Plus, aspirin only works when it is in the blood stream!

5. Flossing is not important – if a person does not floss, they miss cleaning about 33% of their teeth, and are also more prone to gingivitis and inflammation. 

6. A hard bristle brush cleans better – this can be too rough on your gums and cause gum recession. Use a softer brush for teeth and save the tough brush for cleaning tile, or jewelry…

7. Everyone should use a whitening toothpaste – some people who use a lot of whitening toothpaste have more sensitivity than others. 

8.Bleeding from brushing is normal – Bleeding gums are one of the main signs of gingivitis, the beginning of periodontal disease. 

9. Kids get more cavities than adults – Thanks to fluoridated tap water, decay in school-aged children has been cut in half over the last 20 years. Cavities in senior citizens are on the rise because of increased usage of prescription medication, which dries out the mouth. Saliva is necessary for protecting your teeth against bacteria. 

10. Babies can’t get cavities – baby teeth get cavities if they are not cleaned. Cavities can spread to other teeth if left untreated. Parents should wipe their baby’s gums with a washcloth every day.  Once the first tooth erupts, they can start brushing with a rice size amount of toothpaste. 

11. A sensitive tooth has decay or a cavity – other things can make your teeth sensitive besides decay!

12. Cavities are the only reasons for root canals – You need a root canal if the nerve inside a tooth is damaged. Besides decay, clenching, grinding, and injury to the tooth can result in the need for a root canal. 

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