From old wives tales, such as placing an aspirin on a cavity for pain relief, to newfangled nonsense propagated by the internet, like brushing your teeth with a banana peel to whiten them, we’ve heard it all. At Sehnert Precision Dentistry, we want you to know the TRUTH about some of our favorite dental myths.
Myth #1 — Dental Health Is Genetic
While there is a genetic component to your health, it’s your dental health routine that really counts. Just because your parents never had a cavity does not mean that you won’t; conversely, if they ended up with a mouth full of dentures, that’s not necessarily going to be your fate, as well. When it comes to nature vs. nurture, nurture wins, in this case.
Myth #2 — I Shouldn’t Floss If My Gums Are Bleeding
Wrong! If your gums are bleeding, you may already be in the beginning stages of gum disease — which is often the result of NOT flossing. If you’re experiencing bleeding, swelling, or tenderness of the gums, contact your dentist ASAP. In the meantime, gently floss to prevent further damage.
Myth #3 — Whitening Will Damage My Enamel
Under the supervision of a dentist, professional whitening is perfectly safe. Teeth whitening is one of the most cost-effective and fast ways to transform your smile; while some temperature sensitivity may occur after treatment, your enamel is just fine. The sensitivity generally subsides after a couple of days, leaving you with intact enamel and a gleaming smile.
Myth #4 — There’s No Need To See a Dentist If My Teeth Are Healthy
First of all, how do you know your teeth are healthy? Secondly, there are all kinds of oral conditions with symptoms that are unrecognizable to the untrained eye. From jaw misalignments and oral cancer to gum disease and cavities, only a dentist can truly know if your teeth and mouth are healthy. No matter how good they look, see your dentist every six months.
The next time you hear dental advice that seems too good to be true, follow your gut. Better yet, contact us to schedule an appointment. Since 1987, we’ve been providing the residents of Lewisville, Texas, with hard truths about dentistry and unparalleled dental care. We’d love to have you as a member of our dental family.