Dispelling Top Myths about Oral Health

It may be common knowledge that brushing and flossing your teeth on a daily basis is going to help prevent cavities and gum disease, but there are plenty of persistent myths that continue to make proper oral hygiene more confusing than it needs to be. At the CENTER for Advanced Periodontal & Implant Therapy, we strive to make oral health as simple and efficient as possible, beginning by dispelling the following top old wives’ tales and misconceptions about dental and oral health.

Myth: A Hard Toothbrush is Best

Truth: While a harder toothbrush may seem more efficient at brushing away plaque and debris left over from your meals, but tough bristles can not only damage your gums and strip away protective tooth enamel, but they also may not be able to reach the small, difficult-to-reach crevices around your teeth. Dense, hard bristles are less likely to navigate the curves of your pearly whites. A soft toothbrush is more malleable and gentle, allowing you to get a thorough clean without causing harm.

Myth: Sugar is the Main Cause of Tooth Decay

Truth: While the cavity-causing bacteria in your mouth love sugar, these bacteria produce acids that combine with saliva to create plaque buildup. Unless plaque is cleaned and brushed away everyday it can harden and cause the breakdown of teeth. Sugary foods and drinks are notorious for fueling the harmful bacteria, but other foods have the same effect.

Myth: Pregnancy Causes Gum Disease

Truth: The hormonal changes that a woman experiences during pregnancy can exacerbate existing oral health issues that often occur as a result of poor hygiene. In some cases, some women may develop what is known as pregnancy gingivitis, which lasts only during the pregnancy. However, in order to ensure optimal tooth and gum health throughout the nine months of pregnancy, expectant mothers are strongly encouraged to discuss the best practices and treatments for protecting their oral health.

Myth: It’s Normal for Gums to Bleed When Flossing

Truth: Depending on the state of your gum tissue and your technique for flossing, your gums shouldn’t bleed every time you floss your teeth. The more often you practice this healthy, daily practice, the less likely you will experience bleeding. However, it is important to note that blood may be an indication of an underlying issue, such as gingivitis or gum diseases. It is in your best interest to schedule an appointment with your periodontist rather than shrug it off. If caught early enough, gum disease can be prevented.

Myth: Mouthwash is the Best Treatment for Bad Breath

Truth: The minty freshness and alcohol-based power of mouthwash can temporarily wipe out anyone’s foul breath, but the underlying issue will still remain. In most cases, offensive breath is caused by poor dental hygiene, medications, illness, and food. The best way to get cleaner breath that lasts is to brush and floss your teeth twice a day, as well as brushing or scraping your tongue.

Schedule Your Appointment with Us Today!

If you or someone you care about needs periodontal care, contact the CENTER for Advanced Periodontal and Implant Therapy to ensure the best possible results. Dr. Alexandre-Amir Aalam and Dr. Alina Krivitsky are expert periodontists and can create an effective treatment plan based on each patient’s specific needs. To schedule an appointment at our LA periodontal facility, please call us at (310) 299-8329.