We hear those old adages all the time “Don’t go swimming after you eat or you’ll drown”, “5-second rule”, and our favourite “Coffee stunts your growth”. However, most adages only have a spot of truth (or are a complete myth!), and dentist ones are no exception. For fun this month, we thought we would look at some dental myths we have come across as a Penrith dentist.
Myth: If your gums bleed, you shouldn’t brush or floss.
In fact, it’s the complete opposite! Bleeding gums are a sign of gingivitis. Moreover, the best way to help heal bleeding gums is to brush and floss daily! (And see your dentist for regular dental check-ups.)
Myth: Soft toothbrushes don’t clean as well as hard ones.
Ironically the harder bristled toothbrushes can potentially cause damage to teeth. Brushing with hard bristles can slowly wear away the hard covering of your teeth (enamel), causing damage and increased tooth sensitivity.
Myth: Rinse your mouth with water after you brush.
While not exactly a myth, it is something we hear patients say they do. Rising washes away all the fluoride in your toothpaste that helps protect your teeth from decay. So we suggest you stop rinsing and leave the fluoride toothpaste to protect your teeth.
Myth: You can’t see the dentist when you are pregnant.
This myth is completely false! In fact, it’s more important you see the dentist when you are pregnant. During pregnancy, you are more prone to experience tooth decay and gum disease. Therefore, make sure you get regular dental checkups whilst pregnant to help maintain your oral health.
Myth: If your tooth stops aching, it’s fine.
If you are experiencing a toothache and the pain stops, you should still see a dentist. Cavities often cause toothaches and, left untreated, can cause significant damage to your teeth. Better to be safe, not sorry and contact your local Penrith dentist for a dental checkup.
Friendly Penrith dentist in Western Sydney
Like all myths or “old wives’ tales”, it’s important not to believe everything you read (or hear). If you have concerns about your oral health, speak to our friendly Penrith dentists at Tindale Dental Centre for advice. Contact Tindale Dental Centre on (02) 4726 5400 to book an appointment.