There are some common misconceptions about oral health that you should know. Misconceptions often result in the development of bad dental hygiene habits. The following are some misconceptions that you should know in order to keep you and your family's mouths as healthy as possible:
You Do Not Need to Care for Baby Teeth
One common misconception about baby teeth is that you do not need to care for them as carefully because they are eventually going to fall out. While a child will lose these teeth, any cavities or decay will cause a child pain. Baby teeth that are allowed to decay can also have an impact on how the permanent teeth come in. Regular care for baby teeth also helps your child learn good dental hygiene habits early on and set the child up for good oral health.
Gum That Bleed Are Fine
There are times when you may notice blood when you brush your teeth. This can happen for a number of reasons. Bleeding gums are typical as long as it does not happen on a daily basis. If your gums bleed each time you brush, you may have an issue that needs attention. Regular gum bleeding is a sign of gingivitis, which is gum disease caused by plaque on the teeth. If you do not get treatment for your bleeding gums, they are only going to get worse. Gum disease can eventually lead to the loss of your teeth.
White Teeth Are Healthy
White teeth are very attractive, and you would understandably perceive they are healthy. However, white teeth are not necessarily an indicator of healthy teeth. Decay can happen inside the teeth where you cannot always see it right away. Most times, you need a dental x-ray to detect decay inside the teeth. For this reason, you should always go to your regular dental cleanings, even if your teeth appear healthy.
Only Kids Can Get Braces
Braces are popular among adolescents, but they can be beneficial for adults as well. Thanks to the advancements in teeth straightening, adults do not have to deal with the metal brackets typically used on teenagers. There are clear alignment systems available that make teeth straightening almost unnoticeable.
Now that you know about these misconceptions, you have the tools to help make sure you and your family maintain good oral health. Be sure to go to all of your family dentist appointments and brush and floss daily.