At Ashley Dental Associates, we pride ourselves on effectively communicating treatment options with our patients. This includes a certain degree of education and information about good dental habits and sharing tips to ensure you’re keeping your mouth as clean as possible. Over the years of talking with our patients, we’ve noticed some misinformation regarding dental care. Today, we want to set the record straight to ensure our patients are given the highest quality of dental advice. Read on to learn about the top five dental care myths.
You only need to go to the dentist when your teeth are bothering you.
While our team is here to help you in case of a dental emergency, you should never wait until you feel pain to schedule an appointment. If you start to experience tooth pain, the problem has likely gotten to the point that it leads to longer appointments and higher costs. Tooth pain can be prevented altogether by regular visits to the dentist. Even if you feel like there’s nothing wrong, your dentist can find minor problems and treat them before they get bigger. To avoid painful and expensive dental treatments, prevention is always the best option.
Baby teeth do not require regular dental care.
Some parents believe that because baby teeth are destined to fall out, their child does not need regular dentist appointments, but this couldn’t be further from the truth! Baby teeth that fall out prematurely cannot hold the proper amount of space required for adult teeth to surface correctly. If your child’s teeth fall out too soon, this means that their adult teeth could surface in the wrong space. In addition to spacing issues, a lack of good dental care could be detrimental to your child’s gums. Finally, it’s important that your child learns good dental habits early on in life, and this includes regular visits to the dentist’s office.
It doesn’t matter when you brush as long as you brush twice a day.
We’re sure you’ve heard the advice to brush twice a day for two minutes each time, but what is left out of this phrase is when exactly you should brush. It is imperative that you brush before bed to slow the growth of decay-causing bacteria. While we sleep, our saliva production slows down, making it so bacteria isn’t naturally washed away as much as it is in the daytime. It’s also recommended to brush your teeth in the morning to clean away any bacteria build-up and freshen your breath.
Oral health is unrelated to your overall health.
The belief that your oral health is unrelated to your overall health is one of the most detrimental dental care myths. The various systems of our body are all interconnected. This means that when there is a problem in one of the systems, it can lead to more issues in other areas of the body. Studies have shown that severe tooth decay and periodontal disease make it more likely for bacteria to enter the bloodstream and cause other ailments. Research has also noted a correlation between periodontal disease and diabetes, cancer, heart disease, and more.
Brushing hard achieves a better clean.
Consistency is key, especially when it comes to brushing your teeth. While some may say that brushing your teeth vigorously creates a cleaner smile, this is a definite dental care myth! Brushing hard can actually lead to more dental problems, such as damaged enamel or receding gums. The best way to care for your smile is to brush and floss morning and night. There’s no need for a forceful brushing technique– just a consistent one!
The team at Ashley Dental is here to answer any of your dental care questions! Please do not hesitate to contact us with any concerns relating to your oral health. We are here to help and educate you to ensure your smile is as healthy as possible. Set up an appointment by calling us at (843) 767-2600.