Unmasking the myths: Debunking 5 Common Dental Hacks
In 2023, it’s so easy to have our questions answered because the information is right at our fingertips. When we have health-related questions, it’s convenient to just type in our symptoms into our internet browser and wait for Google to diagnose us — we see it as an easier (and more cost-effective) option than booking an appointment with our doctor or dentist.
When it comes to our dental health specifically, we tend to take the easy way out. For example, we would rather follow popular internet trends or take the advice of a friend who has no professional dental experience (we’re looking at you, Turkey teeth!). However, we don’t realise many so-called hacks are myths that need to be debunked.
Let’s take a look at some common dental hack myths and break them down.
Myth 1: Brushing your teeth harder means cleaner teeth
A popular myth many people believe is that brushing your teeth harder cleans your teeth better, but the opposite is true.
Brushing your teeth too hard or using a hard-bristled toothbrush can damage your tooth enamel and irritate your gums, leading to a receding gum line and tooth sensitivity.
Rather brush your teeth gently, in a circular motion, with a soft-bristled brush. This will be enough to maintain clean and plaque-free teeth.
Myth 2: Stop flossing if you experience gum bleeding
There are two possible reasons why your gums bleed when you floss your teeth, but flossing is not one of them. Bleeding gums can be an indication of gum disease or inflammation.
Maintaining your flossing routine and improving your technique is important, always ensuring it’s done regularly and gently. If you are experiencing consistent gum bleeding, you need to book an appointment with your dentist, as it could be a sign of periodontal disease.
Myth 3: Mouthwash or chewing gum is a substitute for brushing your teeth
There are several benefits to using mouthwash and chewing gum. Sugar-free chewing gum can freshen your breath, increase saliva production, and eliminate bacteria in your mouth. But it can’t remove sticky plaque on your teeth.
The same goes for mouthwash — it’s a great way to freshen up your breath, and some types can help prevent plaque build-up and cavities. But what it can’t do is remove existing plaque and food particles in your teeth.
Brushing and flossing your teeth should be your priority, and mouthwash and chewing gum can be great additions to your dental routine.
Myth 4: Baby teeth don’t need as much dental care
A popular misconception is that baby teeth do not need much dental care as they will fall out eventually, but this only leads to dental problems in your child.
Baby teeth hold the space for adult teeth and guide them into position. Early loss of these primary teeth can create future alignment problems. For example, other teeth could try to move into those spaces and permanently block the adult teeth from growing correctly.
Teaching children healthy oral hygiene from a young age will set the stage for lifelong dental health.
Myth 5: Dental appointments are only necessary if you have dental issues
Most of the early cavities and gum disease stages aren’t noticed until they reach a more serious phase. In addition, smoking, drinking alcohol and eating unhealthy foods generally can cause your teeth to be prone to dental issues. This means that going for a dental check-up every 6 months is a wise idea to prevent future expensive dental procedures.
Navigating the world of oral health advice can be tricky, especially with an overwhelming amount of information available to us. When in doubt, your dentist is the best source of information. Professional dental advice is customised to your specific needs and can help you make the best decisions for your oral health. At JJS Dentistry, we strive to do this with every single one of our clients.
It’s important to remember that achieving and sustaining a healthy smile requires more than quick fixes and DIY hacks- it demands consistent care, regular dental visits, and a commitment to good oral hygiene habits.
Book an appointment with JJS Dentistry for professional care you can count on!