Top 5 Most Common Dental Misconceptions

boy brushing teethCaring for your smile may seem as simple as brushing and flossing every day and visiting our dental office in Georgetown twice a year. While those things are certainly important for oral health, there are some common misconceptions out there that, if followed, can either damage your smile or make your oral hygiene routine less effective. Let’s take a look at the top five…

  • Sugar is the Main Cause of Cavities

This misconception isn’t entirely false as eating or drinking things with a lot of sugar can definitely increase your risk for cavities. But it’s not necessarily the sugar itself that causes decay. When we eat sugar, the bacteria in our mouths feed on it and produce an acidic byproduct. It is actually this bacteria and acid combo that contribute the most to cavities.

  • Brushing Harder is Better

When you have a dirty dish or sink, you scrub… and scrub… and scrub in order to make it squeaky clean. This vigorous cleaning method is good for most household items, but not so great when it comes to your teeth. Brushing your teeth too hard can actually do more harm than good. A rough brushing can damage tooth enamel, irritate gums, and cause several oral health problems such as sensitivity and an increased chance for cavities.   

  • You Should Rinse After Brushing

After brushing our teeth, it’s incredibly common practice to spit, rinse, spit, and perhaps rinse again. But in order to get the best cleaning and keep the protective fluoride doing its thing for as long as possible, it’s best to pass on the rinse. Instead, spit out any excess toothpaste. This will allow the fluoride to continue to protect teeth over time.

  • You Shouldn’t Brush Bleeding Gums

If gums are bleeding, it may make you think that you shouldn’t brush them so that you don’t further irritate them. However, bleeding gums are usually an early sign of gum disease. The best thing you can do is continue to brush your teeth and gums, but make sure to do so gently. Brushing helps remove bacteria that can make gum disease worse. If you notice bleeding when you brush or floss, you should also schedule an appointment with your dentist as soon as you can.

  • If You Don’t Have a Problem, You Don’t Need to See Your Dentist

We often hear of patients who don’t go to the dentist unless they have a problem. In fact, when it comes to dental care, the best way to prevent a problem from occurring in the first place is to visit your dentist in Georgetown at least twice a year. This can save you from experiencing the pain of many dental problems, as well as the cost of extensive treatment.

Maintaining a good oral health routine of brushing and flossing daily is only half of what it takes to keep your smile healthy for life. Make sure you’re using proper brushing and flossing techniques, eating a well-balanced diet packed with vegetables and fruits, and seeing your dentist every six months. We’re always welcoming new patients at our Georgetown dental office. Call to schedule an appointment today.

End the Year with Your Brightest Smile

family Isn’t it amazing how fast time flies? It seems like only yesterday we were decorating our Georgetown dental office for summer, and here we are wrapping up December! You may have heard our reminders to use your dental benefits before the end of the year. If you’ve already scheduled your appointments for one more cleaning or perhaps a teeth whitening treatment, we can’t wait to see you to get you polished up before all those holiday parties.

If you haven’t scheduled, or you’ve simply run out of time with your busy social calendar, don’t fret! You can start the new year off right with January appointments to get your smile in tip-top shape! While you’re starting your new diet, why not start an Invisalign treatment to finally correct that crooked smile that has been bothering you for so long? Invisalign clear aligners will gradually (and discreetly) move your teeth into proper alignment in as little as nine months! That means that by next Christmas, you could be showing off a brand new smile to friends and family!

The end of the year is also a time for us to be thankful for all the positive things in our lives. We’re thankful for oral cancer screenings and early detection saving the lives of patients. We’re also thankful for advances in technology that allow us to perform dental treatments that are both convenient for our patients AND environmentally friendly. And we’re most thankful for YOU, our patients! We truly do love helping people achieve their healthiest smile, while increasing their self confidence to boot!

So if you’ve managed to squeeze in an end of the year appointment, we can’t wait to see you and hear about your holiday plans. And if you haven’t… give us a call now to set up an appointment for the start of the new year. Our Georgetown dental office will be ready to get started on the most important New Year’s Resolution of all — taking better care of yourself!

From all of us at Trade Winds Dental – Happy Holidays!