When it comes to taking care of your teeth there are a lot of common misconceptions. I lot of information that goes around is simply speculation which has been accepted as fact. In reality, many of these myths are based on no fact at all and have led people to believe the opposite of what is true.
It is important to know truths from myths when it comes to your dental care. This way you can ensure that you don’t make any mistakes that could lead to dental issues down the road. Here are some of the biggest myths that are associated with dental care.
Your Teeth Must Be Straight
Many people believe that teeth have to completely photo perfect straight in order to be considered “healthy.” However, as long as your dentist is able to rule out any cramming problems that could affect teeth being pushed by others, it is perfectly normal and healthy to have a slightly crooked smile.
The obsession with perfect teeth in modern times has robbed beauty of its individuality. Imperfections can be beautiful and a slight difference from the rest of the world can give you a unique personality.
Bleeding Gums Mean Flossing Is Bad
When you floss and you notice that your gums start to bleed you may panic the first time. Some people bleed more than others and it can be quite a shock to have the taste of blood in your mouth and coming out of your gums.
The first reaction can often be to assume that flossing is hurting your gums and you should therefore discontinue. The opposite is true, however. The less you floss the more sensitive your gums become and this is why they bleed. Teeth should be flossed regularly to prevent decay from forming in between teeth. The more you floss, the less you will bleed. If floss twice a day every day you will not bleed at all and you will have close to no chance of developing cavities when done correctly.
Teeth Should Be Brushed Hard
Many people put toothpaste on their toothbrush and start going at their teeth like it’s a washboard. They begin scrubbing with force back and forth even to the point of sometimes cutting their gums.
In reality, rather than a violent scrubbing, teeth should be gently brushed in small circular movements taking care not to scrub the gums. If you cut your gums you can cause bleeding and discomfort.
Don’t Go To The Dentist During Pregnancy
Many people are confused about this myth and opt not to go to the dentist when pregnant. However, this is in confusion with the fact that you shouldn’t get a dental x-ray done during pregnancy.
Going to the dentist while pregnant and getting your teeth checked regularly is encouraged.