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Popular Misconceptions About Oral Health

Popular Misconceptions About Oral Health

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You may have noticed that there is no shortage of inaccurate information floating around. And you know how it works: the more it is passed around, the more it is accepted as fact.

This is true for oral health matters as well.

That’s why, today we want to examine some common misconceptions and try to set the record straight. Please keep reading and then be sure to follow up with any questions you might have, and to schedule your next preventive appointment in our Clearwater, Florida dentist’s office.

Misconception: Fluoride Is Harmful

This is perhaps one that is taken out of context. To receive any harmful effects from fluoride you would need to be exposed to twenty times more than you will likely get on a daily basis.

The fluoride you’re exposed to isn’t only safe, it’s essential for good oral health because it rebuilds damaged tooth enamel and protects your teeth from disease and decay.

Misconception: A Toothbrush Can Last For Years

Maybe you tend to wait for the freebies you get at your checkups. But the American Dental Association suggests that you replace your toothbrush approximately every three months, or sooner if the bristles are frayed.

This will help you maximize the effectiveness of this preventive practice.

Misconception: Bloody Gums Are From Brushing Too Hard

There is no reason whatsoever for bleeding to occur while brushing!

It’s not due to brushing too hard. If your gums are bleeding it’s most likely a sign of the early forms of gum disease (gingivitis). And you will want to take action before it gets any worse. Gum disease will cause your teeth to fall out and has been linked to serious health issues elsewhere in the body, including cancer.

Misconception: To Get Gum Disease You Have To Be Old

Many people incorrectly assume that gum disease only happens to those advanced in age. Unfortunately, gum disease is a very real possibility for people of any age or background. The older you get, your chances increase, and over the course of your life you have a high likelihood of ending up with some form of gum disease. So be watchful!

Misconception: Yellow Teeth = Bad Health

Wrong! Yellow, stained, or otherwise discolored teeth can make you feel self-conscious about smiling and less likely to socialize. But there really is no correlation between tooth color and health.

A professional teeth whitening treatment can help boost the appearance of your smile, but it’s not going to do anything for your health.

Misconception: The Dentist Is Only There For Big Problems

Not so! We want to see you often enough stay on top of the ever-changing state of affairs in your mouth. And we can help you avoid major oral health issues when you stop by every 3-6 months for a comprehensive exam and professional teeth cleaning.

Misconception: After Eating, Start Brushing

In actuality, when you brush your teeth within a half hour of eating you could actually be doing significant damage because your enamel is softened by sugars, acids, etc.

Misconception: There Is No Permanent Solution For Adult Tooth Loss

These days anything is possible with the help of modern dental implants, dentures, and so forth.

Let Us Set You Straight!

If you are ready to take the next step towards a better smile, contact Clearwater Dental Associates today!