Common Misconceptions About Oral Health

With All Good Intentions We Go To A Lot Of Trouble In The Name Of Dental Hygiene. But Do You Know How Beneficial Those Efforts Really Are?

FALSE It’s good if your gums bleed when you brush your teeth. Bleeding gets rid of dirty blood. TRUE Bleeding gums are a sign of infection and you should see your dentist immediately. FALSE Getting your teeth cleaned professionally to remove plaque and tartar buildup scratches the tooth enamel and causes plaque to develop even more quickly. TRUE If you don’t have your teeth cleaned regularly, you may cause damage to your gums. FALSE Gum disease is hereditary. TRUE Although some gum diseases may be hereditary, gum disease in children and young people may develop with rapid bone loss and usually occurs when oral care is neglected. FALSE You should wet your toothbrush before brushing and rinse your mouth after brushing. TRUE Your toothbrush should not be moistened before brushing, and after brushing you should spit out the toothpaste without rinsing your mouth. FALSE You should brush your teeth when you get up in the morning and after dinner in the evening. TRUE You should brush your teeth in the morning after breakfast and before going to bed at night.