Fact or Fiction? Popular Dental Myths Debunked

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 I think you agree with me when I say that there are so many dental myths out there that even the Tooth Fairy gets confused when it comes to figure out which one is true or not. 

In order to bring a little more clarity into this matter, DenTeK has started a campaign where they debunk the most popular searches when it comes to dental myths and the misconceptions that come with them. It's a very interesting read and I highly suggest that you check it out.

Are you ready to debunk some myths are learn more about a good dental hygiene? Then let's start!

Myth 1 - You don't need to floss if you brush your teeth daily

This couldn't be more false!
Flossing your teeth, minimum twice a day should be a must for every person that wants to have clean and healthy teeth. Flossing allows you to clean areas of your mouth that are hard to reach, such as in the small gaps between the teeth, enabling you to remove food particles and debris which can lead to bacteria development, causing oral health problems such as tooth decay and cavities.

Myth 2 - Gum desease only afect your mouth

Another false myth!
Gum desease can lead to serious health problems, it can increase the risk of a heart attack or other cardiovascular issues or even some types of cancer. I suffered for years from paradontosis because I was too scared to go to the dentist and my health was not the best. The moment I decided to take care of this issue, I've seen a change for the better not only regarding my teeth but also my overall health. 

Myth 3 - You should brush your teeth hard in order to clean them better

False! Brushing your teeth too hard might actually end up doing the opposite and you can do more harm than good. It can erode some of the enamel that protects the inside of the tooth from cavities and decay. It can also make your gums recede. Best advice is to use a brush with soft bristels and wash with gentle movements.

Myth 4 - If you don't have pain, you don't have to go to the dentist

False! It's extremely important to visit the dentist over 6 months or minimum 1 time per year. That way you can keep track of everything that's happening in your mouth and you won't have any unpleasant surprises. 

Myth 5 - Pregnant women should wait with the dentist visit until they give birth

False! Getting regular professional dental care, if not increasing the number of visits, is strongly encouraged during this time. Pregnant women should be sure to inform their dentist of their pregnancy so treatment plans can be adjusted accordingly.

As you might notice, there are a lot and I mean a lot of myths out there and it's up to us to make the right choice and inform ourselfs on what is best. What's important is to get regular check-ups, wash our teeth minumum 2 times per day, floss as often as we can and things will be ok. 

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