3 Dental Care Myths Clarified
Myth #1: Whiter Teeth Are Healthier Teeth
False: Pure white teeth do not equate to healthier teeth it’s a dental care myths. Even if your teeth are white on the outside, you cannot necessarily tell if there is an infection or cavities between the teeth. The natural color of teeth varies from one person to another. Moreover, as we age our teeth become more discolored, and this is also the case with teeth when they begin to break down. This is why we often associate discoloration in the teeth with unhealthy teeth; but it does not guarantee that your teeth are unhealthy.
Myth #2: Bleaching Your Teeth Is Dangerous
False: Prior to 1990, the materials used to bleach teeth were acidic and would actually break down enamel. However, now the bleaching materials are PH neutral and do not show damage to the enamel, or the root of the teeth. What can be dangerous are aggressively high concentrations of whitening gels that can traumatize or shock the teeth. Prolonged use of bleaching trays can cause sensitivity to the teeth. Once one ceases use of the bleaching trays, the sensitivity should go away shortly afterwards.
Myth 3: Brushing Your Bleeding Gums Is Bad
False: Brushing is not only good for your teeth, but also for your gums and tongue. Brushing helps get rid of plaque, which is what causes inflammation, gingivitis, and eventually gum disease. Plaque can cause gums to become inflamed and bleed if it is not removed. If you have sensitive gums, do not brush too hard, brush at an angle in order to avoid irritation of the gums. But definitely brush!