The harder you brush, the cleaner your teeth. The reality is that excessive brushing is just as bad as not brushing enough. Use a soft-bristled brush and a gentle brushing motion to avoid wearing away the enamel on your teeth.
Sugar-free gum is the same as brushing. While sugar-free gum is good for your teeth, it cannot replace brushing. Chew sugar-free gum between meals to protect your teeth, but make sure you are brushing twice a day to avoid tooth decay.
If your gums bleed when you floss, leave them alone. Bleeding gums are caused by inflammation of the gums. This inflammation is caused when bacteria builds up in the places where you brush doesn’t reach. If you floss on a regular basis, the inflammation with go down, and the bleeding will stop over time.
Your dentist won’t know you’ve been slacking on brushing if you brush well before your appointment. Unfortunately, your dentist can see if you’ve been neglecting your oral health no matter how well you brush before the appointment. You can’t undo the damage you’ve done to your teeth by ignoring your dental health.
These are just a few of the dental health myths that have been circulating over the years. In our next post, we’ll debunk some more myths. In the meantime, be sure to schedule your appointment with our dentist in Skokie or one of our other locations.