5 Common Dental Myths: Fact or Fiction?
When it comes to ridiculous beliefs on dental hygiene and treatment, we’ve heard just about everything. However, the most dangerous ones usually aren’t quite so over the top. Unfortunately, a number of dental myths are floating all over the world, so Dr. Twiss & Dr. Baller are here to put an end to the misinformation. Don’t feel bad if you have believed one or more of these at some point, you’re not the only one, but do make sure to give us a call at Twiss Dental if you have any questions or concerns.
If your gums are bleeding, don’t brush them
The idea behind this false claim is that bleeding gums need to be allowed time to heal before they should be brushed, when in fact, gums bleed because they haven’t been brushed enough! This is because bacteria buildup around and beneath the gumline has irritated the gums. If your gums are bleeding, it means you have gingivitis, or worse, advanced gum disease and you should see us right away.
Sensitive teeth are a sign of cavities
Tooth sensitivity varies among Highlands Ranch residents. Some people have particularly sensitive teeth, and others simply have recessed gumlines, which expose tooth roots and cause sensitivity. Although tooth decay may cause sensitivity, it is not always at fault.
More sugar means more cavities
Tooth decay and cavities are the product of bacteria breaking down sugars into harmful acids. The amount of sugar in your mouth plays a part, but the most important factor is how long the sugar remains on your teeth. Brushing after meals or rinsing with water after eating sugary foods is a good policy.
Bleaching can harm or weaken teeth
Bleaching does not affect the health, integrity, or strength of teeth. In fact, teeth whitening only changes the color of teeth by removing tooth pigmentation. Some people may experience sensitive teeth or mild gum irritation after bleaching, but these are temporary and do not indicate that any harm has been done.
Applying aspirin directly 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. Twiss & Dr. Baller remind 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? Probably not.
Dental myths can do serious harm when allowed to spread. At Twiss Dental, we want everyone to have healthy, beautiful smiles, so please pass this information along, and let us know if you have any questions about how to properly care for your teeth.
The content on this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.
About Tyler Twiss, DMD, MBA
Dr. Twiss grew up in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He is married with four children and loves being involved with them as they grow up. Dr. Twiss has spent extensive time in advancing his dental education. He received his Fellowship with the International Congress of Oral Implantologists, spending over 150 hours in training with world-renowned implant pioneer Dr. Carl Misch. In addition to dental implants, Dr. Twiss has extensive training in orthodontics, Invisalign®, laser gum surgery, and CEREC® one-visit porcelain crown technology.