Oral Health Myths Debunked
It goes without saying that you can’t believe everything you read online. Granted we are telling you this in a blog post that you are reading online. Still, we always try to utilize this platform to set the record straight about oral health issues. Keep reading as we debunk some of the more common myths, and then be sure to follow up to schedule your next preventive dentistry appointment at our Jacksonville, TX dentist’s office!
Myth: Fluoride Is To Be Avoided
This simply isn’t true. To receive any potentially harmful effects from fluoride you would need to be exposed to twenty times more than you 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, among other things. In spite of the fact that the fluoridation of the public water supply greatly improved the oral health of the American public, some folks still talk about it as a conspiracy theory of some sort.
Myth: Stained Teeth Is A Sign Of Bad Oral Health
Sure, yellow or stained teeth can make you feel self-conscious about smiling and less likely to want to socialize. But there is no connection between tooth color and health. Don’t get us wrong, a teeth whitening treatment from All Smiles can help improve the look of your smile, but it’s not going to do anything for your health.
Myth: Your Toothbrush Will Last Forever
Not so! And why would you want it to? The American Dental Association recommends that you replace your toothbrush approximately every three months, or sooner if the bristles are frayed. This will help you optimize the work that you do in front of the bathroom mirror. It is always a good idea to replace your toothbrush often.
Myth: Bleeding When Brushing Means You Are Doing It Too Hard
Nope. There is no normal reason for bleeding 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. Don’t worry we can help you turn it around before it comes to tooth loss and worse.
Myth: Young People Don’t Get Gum Disease
Some folks think that gum disease only happens to those advanced in age. Think again! 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. But, like we said, we can help!
Myth: The Dentist Is Only Necessary For Emergency Situations
This one is so not true. At All Smiles, we want to see you often enough stay on top of the ever-changing situation in your mouth. Dr. Folden can help you avoid major oral health issues when you stop by every 6 months for a comprehensive exam and professional teeth cleaning. You deserve the best preventive care in town, so don’t forget to keep us in the loop!
Myth: You Should Always Brush Your Teeth Immediately After Eating
Not so! You actually don’t want to brush your teeth right after you eat! It seems counterintuitive but there’s a good reason: 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. Still, you should still be brushing at least twice each day for two minutes per session.
Myth: There Is No Permanent Way To Replace Missing Teeth
This one might have been true in earlier eras of dentistry but it is definitely false now. Dr. Folden and Dr. Westbrook combine advanced training and extensive experience in implant dentistry to bring back chewing ability and improve your smile’s appearance once and for all. From evaluation to placement and restoration, our team will work closely with you to ensure that you are 100% happy with the results.
It’s No Myth: All Smiles Is Here For You
Ready to find out the truth about the situation in your mouth? Call 903-625-9297 or contact us online to schedule your oral health consultation in Jacksonville, TX!