The Real Deal on Five Persistent Dental Myths

Over years of providing cosmetic and general dentistry, Jacksonville’s Burgess Center for Cosmetic Dentistry has heard some real doozies. To set the record straight, following are five of the top myths we hear from patients weekly, along with the real-deal facts:

Myth: “My teeth look great, so I don’t need to see a dentist.”

Fact: Many dental problems aren’t visibly obvious, especially in their early stages. Twice-yearly visits to the dentist for routine checkups and cleaning help your dentist spot issues early on, before they become serious.

Myth: “My parents had great teeth, so I do too.”

Fact: Genetics might play a small role in your dental health. But unless you’re a toddler whose parents are still brushing your teeth for you, leave your folks out of it. The best genes in the world won’t make up for poor dental care. It’s your own diet and brushing/flossing habits that will determine your dental health.

Myth: “Brushing my teeth more than once daily can wear away my tooth enamel.”

Fact: Only if you’re using a paint sander for a toothbrush. That said, a toothbrush with firm, stiff bristles is more likely to cause your gums to bleed. Choose a toothbrush with soft to medium-soft nylon bristles instead for a safe, effective brushing.

Myth: “Chewing sugar-free gum after I eat is just as good as brushing my teeth.”

Fact: Not so. Yes, chewing sugar-free gum can help minimally clean your teeth and freshen your breath after you down that deli sandwich. But it won’t fully remove the debris and plaque that lead to cavities and gum disease. Only thorough, regular teeth brushing and flossing will ensure a truly clean mouth and healthy teeth and gums.

Myth: “No need to take care my infant’s teeth – they’re all going to fall out anyway.”

Fact: Good dental hygiene isn’t just about the teeth. It’s also about the gums. Failing to properly care for your baby’s teeth can set them up for problems with their permanent teeth or their bite. Plus, getting little ones in the habit of good dental care early on sets an important example that will serve them well all their lives.

If you’ve played into any of these myths, you may be headed for some painful and expensive dental work. Wise up and start taking better care of your dental health today by scheduling an appointment at the Burgess Center for Cosmetic Dentistry. Call 904-273-3001 or complete our online “Request an Appointment” feature.

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