When it comes to ridiculous thoughts on dental hygiene and treatment, we’ve heard just about everything. However, the most dangerous ones aren’t quite so over the top. Unfortunately, a number of dental myths are floating all over Ballwin, MO, so Dr. Postol would like to put an end to the misinformation. Don’t feel bad if you have believed one or more of these at some point, but do make sure to give us a call at St. Louis Dentistry if you have any questions.
1) If your gums are bleeding, don’t brush them
The idea behind this false claim is that bleeding gums need to be allowed to heal before they can be brushed. In fact, gums bleed because they haven’t been brushed enough! This is because bacteria have built up around and beneath the gum line, irritating the gums.
2) Sensitive teeth is a sign of cavities
Tooth sensitivity varies among Ballwin, MO residents. Some people have particularly sensitive teeth and others simply have recessed gum lines, which exposes the roots. Although tooth decay can cause sensitivity, it is not always at fault.
3) More Sugar Means More Cavities
Tooth decay and cavities are the result of bacteria breaking down sugars into harmful acids. The amount of sugar in your mouth contributes, but the most important factor is how long the sugar is allowed to stay on your teeth. Brushing after meals or rinsing with water after eating sugary foods is a good policy.
4) Bleaching can harm or weaken teeth
Bleaching does not affect the health, integrity, or strength of teeth. In fact, bleaching only changes the color of teeth by removing tooth pigmentation. Some Ballwin, MO residents may experience sensitive teeth or mild gum irritation after bleaching, but these are temporary and do not indicate that any harm has been done to teeth.
5) Direct application of aspirin to teeth helps get rid of toothaches
Do not do this! Aspirin does not work that way; it is effective only when it enters the bloodstream. Even worse, Dr. Postol reminds us that when aspirin comes into contact with teeth, it can actually cause more pain from an acid burn. Think about it- would you rub an aspirin tablet on your back for a muscle ache?
Now that’s much better! Dental myths can do serious harm if they are allowed to spread. We at St. Louis Dentistry want everyone in Ballwin, MO to have healthy, beautiful smiles, so please let us know if you have any questions about how to take care of your teeth.