Facts and Myths in Dentistry

It is normal for gums to bleed when you brush your teeth

Myth. Think about it this way: saying that it is normal for your gums to bleed when brushing or flossing, is like saying that it is normal for skin to bleed while taking a shower. Bleeding gums are usually an early sign of gingivitis.

Having sensitive teeth means that you have tooth decay

Myth. Sensitive teeth does not always mean that you have a tooth that is decaying. It could mean that your gums are receding and the root of your tooth is being exposed. With gum recession, a specific procedure can be done whereby a filling is placed on the tooth to cover the exposed root.

Bad breath is a sign of dental problems.

Fact. 85% of people with bad breath may have dental problems that cannot be eliminated with mouthwash and gum. Brushing twice a day can greatly reduce bad breath.

You should change your toothbrush regularly.

Fact. You should change your toothbrush at least every 6 months. After a certain amount of usage, the bristles of the toothbrush becomes worn out and fails to work as effectively as a new toothbrush. It is also a good idea to change your toothbrush after you have been sick.

You should only floss when necessary.

Myth. Flossing and brushing goes together. Brushing merely cleans the surface of your teeth while flossing reaches in between teeth to clean areas where a toothbrush can’t reach.

You should brush your teeth for 2 to 3 minutes every day.

Fact. Although studies have shown that the average person brushes his or her teeth for 50 seconds twice a day, dentists recommend that we brush our teeth for at least 2 minutes 2 to 3 times a day.

To learn more about dental facts and myths, contact a dentist in Cape Town.


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