The internet provides users with a bevy of information, and if it’s online, it’s true, right? WRONG! Depending on the sources you use, much of the medical information you find on the World Wide Web includes old wives tales, folk beliefs, and simple malarky. As your dentist, I’d like to address some of the most wide-held but incorrect dental myths. Have you been fooled for all these years? Click here to find out.
Myth #1: Whitening Weakens Teeth
Nope. Under the supervision of a dentist, professional whitening is completely safe. Whether you choose in-office or at-home whitening, the products I use on my patients will not only enhance their smiles, they’ll do so without weakening or damaging the teeth in any way.
Myth #2: Don’t Floss Bleeding or Tender Gums
The exact opposite is true. In fact, your teeth are probably bleeding and tender because you haven’t flossed regularly. If you see blood in the sink or on your floss during your daily dental care regimen, contact my office ASAP. This could be an indication of gum disease, which is the leading cause of tooth loss. Instead of hoping your gums will heal over time, let me take a look and help you preserve the teeth you were born with.
Myth #3: Brush Your Teeth Immediately After Eating
This sounds like a healthy plan until you consider the effects that acids have on your teeth. Depending on what you eat, the enamel that protects your teeth may be compromised by the acidity of your food or drink. If you know you’ve enjoyed a particularly acidic meal (such as foods containing tomatoes or citrus) or a nice, grassy glass of white wine, it’s best to wait 30 – 60 minutes before you brush to avoid causing harm to your enamel.
This list is just the tip of the iceberg. There are dozens of other dental myths that people buy into every day. Instead of relying on the internet for your information, why not rely on the expertise of an actual dentist. If you need some genuine, scientifically proven dental care, contact my office to schedule an appointment. I look forward to seeing your smile.