Dental Myths that Could Be Damaging Your Teeth

Dental Myths that Could Be Damaging Your Teeth

dentist TulsaMaintaining a healthy mouth involves daily attention to brushing and flossing. But it does not stop there; the things you eat and drink, lifestyle habits, and regular visits to the dentist require vigilance to keep your teeth and gums in great shape. What may seem irrelevant to you could impact your ability to preserve good dental health. Do you know truth from fiction when it comes to your dental care?

  • Using a hard bristle tooth brush is OK – false. It is not necessary to “scrub” teeth to keep them healthy. Regular brushing using a soft bristle brush and a fluoridated tooth paste is sufficient. The key is to make sure you brush twice daily for the recommended two minutes every time you brush.
  • Bleeding gum tissue is normal – false. If you make your gums bleed when brushing, you are making a mistake in your personal dental care. If gum tissue is red, swollen, and bleeds without provocation, a visit with the dentist is needed. This is a symptom of gingivitis; inattention can result in the escalation of early gum disease to a more serious condition called periodontitis. Infection and tooth loss are possible if not treated.
  • Chronic sour breath can be a sign of gum disease – true. There are certain foods and beverages that can give you bad breath … onions, garlic, coffee … just to name a few. But if you experience bad breath regularly, gum disease might be playing a role.
  • Diet soda is not harmful to dentition – false. While sugar in soft drinks plays a part in contributing to dental decay, the phosphoric acids in all sodas can erode dental enamel making teeth more susceptible to damage.
  • Tooth loss as you age is unavoidable – false. With the exception of a traumatic event, losing teeth as you age is not a given. Lifestyle habits including diet and tobacco use are controllable. If tooth loss does occur, your dentist can make recommendations on a solution that will work best for you.
  • Cosmetic dentistry is reserved for the wealthy – false. Teeth whitening, dental bonding, porcelain veneers … these are just a few of the dental procedures that have become more commonplace in recent years to improve dental health and provide a smile makeover. Your dentist has a program that will fit your budget and time requirements.

To learn more or to schedule your next dental exam, contact the office of Dr. Mark E. Massaro at 918-779-3399.