May 15, 2020

Dental Hygiene Myths Debunked

Dental or oral hygiene is extremely important. If you do not brush your teeth twice a day and floss once a day, then you can expect issues with your teeth and gums. Be sure to follow these oral hygiene tips to help prevent cavities, tooth decay, gum disease, and more.

There are a lot of dental hygiene myths that you or someone you know believes in. We are going to debunk a few of these myths because they cause either cause damage to your teeth or may not be protecting your teeth.

Myth: Brushing harder is better.

The hard you brush will not help your teeth. In fact, brushing harder is worse for your teeth. Your enamel will begin to wear and your gums may recede from the intensity. You should brush your teeth with a proper toothbrush and in the motion of circles rather than back and forth.

Myth: White teeth are healthy teeth.

Teeth come in a lot of different shades of white.

Teeth are naturally different shades so just because your teeth are white does not mean they are healthy. Plus, as we age, our teeth naturally lose their color. As long as you continue to brush your teeth twice a day for two minutes each and floss, your teeth should stay healthy.

Myth: Flouride is harmful.

Flouride is only harmful to you if it is consumed in large quantities. However, that is the case for many types of foods. Fluoride is a mineral and has been found to prevent cavities. We recommend using a fluoride toothpaste unless you have a fluoride sensitivity, which some people do have.

Myth: It’s okay if baby teeth get cavities.

Baby teeth eventually fall out and are replaced by adult teeth, which makes many believe it is okay they get cavities. If your children’s teeth decay enough, then they could develop greater issues. It may require some of the teeth to be pulled, which impacts your child’s teeth later on in their life.

Contact Gentle Dental Care Today

Contact Gentle Dental Care today by calling (281) 855-1100. Schedule a regular check-up with our team. You can visit our location page for additional information on our Houston office services. Continue to brush your teeth twice a day and floss once a day.