Dental Myths
Posted on 03/16/2017

Dental Myths

Don't Fall Victim To Dental Falsehoods

At Henrico Family Dentistry, we believe it’s not only important to provide our patients with high quality dental care, but to educate them as well about their dental health. Below are a few myths people tend to believe about dental health. By knowing the truth about these common misconceptions, you’re better able to take good care of your teeth and gums so you can enjoy all the benefits that come with having a healthy smile.

Myth #1: Tooth decay is only caused by eating sugary foods.

Truth: While it’s true that the regular consumption of sugar certainly is a leading cause of tooth decay, it’s not the only culprit. Tooth decay happens when the acids from naturally occurring bacteria in the mouth mix with saliva, resulting in plaque buildup on the teeth. This often happens when foods high in carbohydrates like cookies and crackers are consumed and the teeth aren’t brushed right away after eating.

Myth #2: It doesn’t matter if a child loses primary teeth because these teeth aren’t that important.

Truth: When the primary teeth are lost early due to a problem like dental decay, it puts that child at risk for many problems. For instance, since the primary teeth help guide the permanent or adult teeth into place, there is a risk the adult teeth will come in crooked when the primary teeth are lost too early.  And, primary teeth are essential for proper chewing, digestion and for speaking clearly.

Myth #3: It’s only necessary to visit the dentist when you have a problem like a toothache.

Truth: Even if you think your teeth are healthy, It is important to visit your dentist at least once per year for routine exams. During these routine dental visits, your dentist will look for signs of any oral health problems which may be developing. If a problem is found, your dentist will provide you with the treatment you need before the problem becomes bigger and more difficult & costly to treat.

Myth #4: Bleeding gums are only caused by brushing too hard.

Truth: While brushing too aggressively can damage the gums and make them bleed, the gum tissue around the teeth is fairly robust and can ensure a bit of vigorous brushing now and then, if there is no underlying problem. Bleeding gums is often the first indication of gingivitis which is the first stage of gum disease. In addition to seeing some bleeding when brushing and flossing, the gums are often swollen and tender in people with gingivitis.

Contact Your Henrico Dentist

We hope this information helps clear up any misconceptions you may have had about dental health. At Henrico Family Dentistry, we want all our patients to enjoy a lifetime of happy and healthy smiles! If it’s time for you or your child to undergo a routine dental examination, please request an appointment with us today. We look forward to seeing you soon!