Without mincing words, the importance of oral health cannot be overemphasized. But guess what, there are lots of misconceptions about what you really need to do to keep your teeth healthy. So, in today’s post, we want to debunk some of the dental myths you’ve come to embrace as norms. Here, check out 5 of the most popular dental myths outlined by your New Westminster dentist.

The Harder You Brush, The Cleaner Your Teeth

This myth has caused more harm than good. As a matter of fact, it has been discovered that brushing too hard using firm bristles can cause serious damage to your teeth, as it erodes the hard enamel that protects the outer surface of the tooth from cavities and decay. According to your New Westminster dentist Dr. Hussein Shivji, “Enamel covers and insulates the teeth from sensitivity.  Brushing too hard can wear away enamel and cause teeth to become more sensitive.”  Dr. Shivji recommends people use soft-bristled brushes.

Flossing Is No Longer Important

While critics maintain that flossing is not necessary, citing little evidence for the practice, it is important to note that the absence of strong evidence doesn’t mean that flossing isn’t helpful. Most renowned Canadian and U.S. dentists believe flossing is still very important and may help prevent cavities and gum disease. To this end, it is paramount to follow your doctor’s recommendation on brushing and flossing. 

Chewing Sugar-Free Gum Can Replace Brushing 

If this were true, everyone in the world would have amazing oral health; sadly, this isn’t true. While sugar-free gum with xylitol can have a protective effect on the gum and stimulate saliva production which helps wash away enamel-eroding acids from food and drinks.  Chewing sugar-free gum cannot effectively replace brushing and flossing as it doesn’t get rid of plaque from the teeth. Consequently, you should always brush at least twice a day to maintain good oral hygiene.

When Your Gum Bleeds During Flossing, It’s Best You Leave Them Alone

According to dentists, gum bleeding is a result of inflammation and occurs when plaque and bacteria get stuck in the areas of our teeth where toothbrushes do not reach properly. Over time, bacteria builds up, causing inflammation to occur. This results in bleeding during flossing.

If you floss once a month and you notice that your gums are bleeding, it is a sign that you probably need to visit your New Westminster dentist. To prevent this, doctors recommend regular flossing as a daily habit to prevent inflammation.

Sugar is the Main Cause of Cavities  

When people think of cavities, what comes to mind is lollipops, candies, and sweet treats. But dentists have stated that crackers and chips may even be worse for your teeth. They claim it has to do more with poor dental hygiene, starch, and carbohydrates in general. This is because this starch and carbohydrates have sugars that will not only break down the tooth but also stick to it.

If you have additional questions about your oral hygiene and what you should make a priority, contact Atlantis Dental Roundhouse. At Atlantis Dental Roundhouse, we pride ourselves on not only being your go-to for dental procedures but also providing expert guidance for helping you better take care of those pearly whites.