In today’s internet age it can be difficult to know exactly what information is the most trustworthy. The best part about the internet is that there is so much information…the worst part is that it can be hard to verify who provided that information and whether or not they are an authority worth listening to.
When it comes to your oral health you should always listen to your Ottawa dentist first, as they have the proper training and correct information to ensure your teeth and gums stay their healthiest.
Here are some things that you may have believed as fact when it comes to your teeth, but have been proven to be myth:
“Brushing alone will clean your teeth – Brushing your teeth to get rid of harmful bacteria isn’t enough since it only cleans the exposed surfaces of the teeth. That’s why you need to use floss, which cleans between your teeth. Professional dental cleanings remove hard tartar buildup from the tooth’s surface.
Whiter teeth are healthier – It’s totally natural for your teeth to be off white, and this colour will vary between individuals. If you’re worried about poor dental hygiene then remember to brush twice a day, floss daily, eat a balanced diet, and don’t smoke. Visit your dentist regularly for a professional cleaning. Prevent your teeth from staining by avoiding tea, coffee, red wine, and smoking.
Only old people get gum disease – Lots of people think that gums start to recede at a later age, but younger adults are at risk too and they might not even know it. This one’s a concern because as your gums recede the root of your tooth is exposed, a problem since it doesn’t have the same protective enamel covering as the rest of your tooth. This is when you might start to notice tooth sensitivity and root decay. Your teeth can also become loose, ultimately leading to tooth loss.”
Myths always seem to spread faster than facts for whatever reason. Always get the truth about the mouth from the mouth of your Ottawa dentist.