With crowdsourced media and differing opinions, finding accurate health information can be a challenge. Your dentist in Fayetteville, Dr. Scott Stephens, will help you wade through the mythology so that you can feel confident about your choices when it comes to your oral health.
Here are some of the common myths that cause oral (and overall) health issues:
Myth #1 Avoid the Dentist while Pregnant
Hormone fluctuations contribute to gum disease. That is why visiting the dentist for a professional dental cleaning during pregnancy is so important. Periodontal disease can lead to low birth weight in babies, so it is essential for your unborn child’s health, as well. Some women require more frequent dental cleanings during pregnancy to avoid gum disease.
Myth #2 Hard Toothbrushes Clean Better
A soft toothbrush does a better job of cleaning your teeth. This is because the tips of the bristles are the cleaners and soft bristles prevent damage to delicate gum tissue.
Using a properly sized toothbrush is also important, so you can reach those back teeth that often get neglected.
Myth #3 Teeth Whitening Is Bad for Your Teeth
While some over-the-counter teeth whiteners are abrasive, seeking treatment with an experienced dentist is safe for most healthy patients. We have found that when patients opt to whiten their teeth, it motivates them to take better care of their smiles by attending regular appointments and cleanings.
Myth #4 Flossing Is Not Important
An article circulated about a year ago touting that flossing did not do much to reduce instances of decay. Not only is this not true, but it left out the important fact that flossing is essential to good periodontal health. Without daily flossing, gums may develop an inflammatory infection that impacts your oral health and can contribute to heart disease and complicate diabetes.
Your Fayetteville dentist is a wealth of actual knowledge when it comes to a healthy and beautiful smile. We love sharing dental care best practices and having a bit of friendly conversation during your visits. Give us a call to arrange your next appointment!