There are many myths floating around about dental care, dentists, and dentist appointments. Today we will look at some of the common dental myths about caring for your teeth. MyLife Dental knows just how important good oral care is for your overall health, and wee want to provide the best dental experience for you and your family. Be sure to call our dental office in Eagan and schedule an appointment today!

Myth #1 — You don’t need to go to the dentist unless your teeth hurt.

Many people actually believe this statement to be true, and unfortunately for them, it is a false statement. Just because your teeth look healthy and feel healthy does not mean that they are truly healthy. Even if you are not experiencing pain, you should still see a dentist twice a year for cleanings and examinations. Some dental issues don’t present with symptoms, but can still put you at risk of infection. Waiting until you feel a problem could mean a much more expensive solution, as well as potentially losing teeth that could have been saved. Call our Eagan dental office today and let us know how we can help you.

Myth #2 — It doesn’t matter if kids drink a lot of soda, because baby teeth aren’t important.

We have heard many people say that they don’t care how much soda their children drink, or how much candy they consume because they just have baby teeth, and baby teeth aren’t that important. This could not be farther from the truth! Baby teeth are very important because they help to provide the space needed for the permanent teeth that will eventually take their place. If baby teeth develop cavities that are not addressed promptly, they can fall out sooner than they should, which means that there will be an empty space where a tooth should be. As a result, the dentist will have to insert an artificial space maintainer to hold that space until the permanent tooth comes in. You can help to prevent this from happening by encouraging your child to practice good oral health care.

Myth #3 — If you want cleaner teeth, then you need to brush them harder.

When it comes to cleaning various objects in our homes, scrubbing harder is usually the solution to getting a better, deeper clean. This rule, however, does not apply to teeth. If you want to provide the best care possible for your teeth, you should make sure to never over-brush. Scrubbing hard at your teeth will not make plaque go away, but it could very well lead to damage to your gums and tooth enamel. One easy way to tell if you’re brushing too hard is to think about whether or not it hurts when you’re brushing. Proper teeth brushing should never hurt. One technique that will help you to avoid brushing too hard is to concentrate on using small, circular motions rather than vigorously brushing back and forth. If you desire whiter teeth, then you should call our office to learn about how we can help with teeth whitening procedures.

Myth #4 — It’s okay to skip flossing.

Many people do not enjoy taking the extra time to floss. They know they need to brush their teeth, but they just want to be done taking care of their oral health once they’ve finished brushing. Sadly, when people skip flossing, they are completing only half of the oral care their teeth and gums need. There is buildup that occurs around teeth from the normal activities of eating, drinking, and the production of saliva. Flossing allows you to clean the spaces that toothbrushes simply can’t reach. In fact, people who think that flossing doesn’t really make a difference, would be surprised to know that their dentist can always tell whether or not they were flossing regularly by the amount and location of the buildup of tartar. 

Myth #5 — The whiter your teeth are, the healthier they are.

In recent years, there has been a huge increase in the demand for teeth whitening products and procedures. While there is nothing wrong with wanting whiter teeth, they are not the hallmark of healthy teeth. Whitening your teeth simply means that you have changed the color by removing pigmentation. There are a number of things that can cause your teeth to appear darker that are not necessarily unhealthy, such as: medication, foods, drinks, or natural aging of teeth.

At MyLife Dental, we want you to know the truth about the best ways to take care of your teeth and your oral health overall. Please be sure to call our office with all of your dental questions and to schedule your bi-annual appointment. We care about the health of your teeth!