There's little doubt about the fact that many people are afraid of going to the dentist. However, your dentist is your ally in dental care and wants to help you achieve and maintain optimal oral health. It's not so scary when you think of it like that.
Proper dental care and appointments with a dentist are essential parts of keeping your teeth and gums healthy. Unfortunately, myths about dental care abound and can cause harm to those who believe them. Be sure you don't fall for these common dental care myths.
Myth: The more you brush your teeth, the better off you are.
Truth: While you need to brush your teeth twice per day, over-brushing can be harmful. Over-brushing can refer to brushing your teeth too aggressively, which can cause damage to your enamel and gums, or it can refer to brushing too long and with a brush with bristles that are too hard.
Instead, use a soft bristle toothbrush and time how long you brush your teeth each day. The Washington Post reports that research has shown that two minutes is the "optimal" brushing regimen. You should be brushing your teeth two times each day, taking care to brush for an entire two minutes each time.
Myth: Your dentist won't be able to tell if you don't regularly brush your teeth.
Truth: When you're not taking good care of your teeth each day, it will show over time. It will catch up with you, and simply deciding to take care of your teeth for a couple of days leading up to your dental appointment won't make up for months of neglect. Your dentist may notice tooth decay or gum disease that sometimes comes from bad dental hygiene.
Although proper dental care doesn't require a lot of time out of each day, it does require consistency. It's much easier to keep up with a dental routine if you make it convenient. If you have a good set-up for brushing your teeth, it can feel like it's second nature to brush, floss, and swish with mouthwash.
So, make things easy on yourself. If you are often on the go throughout the day, you may choose to pack a dental care pack to leave in your car. If you stay at the home of a relative or love interest often, ask to keep a toothbrush, toothpaste, dental floss, and mouthwash in the bathroom you use while there. Simplify and make dental care as easy on yourself as possible.
Myth: There's no need to see a dentist if you have a white smile and no dental pain.
Truth: Preventative dental care plays a role in your overall health, and you shouldn't wait until there is a problem to see your dentist. In fact, if you do, the treatments can be more extensive, inconvenient, and costly.
On the other hand, if you see your dentist regularly for check-ups, you can spot any problems early on, and you can prevent many cavities through regular cleanings and proper dental care at home. You may also be able to prevent common gum diseases like gingivitis through being proactive about your dental care. There's a lot more to dental visits than fixing problems.
Finally, don't let these myths wreak havoc on your dental health. As you can probably tell, myths can be harmful if someone uses the untruth as a reason to neglect their own dental care. Arm yourself with the facts and think twice before believing any widespread myth.
Contact AICO'S Dental Group for your next dental cleaning or check-up. Our caring team will help you stay on the right track for reaping all the benefits of healthy teeth and gums.