Setting Teeth Myths Straight: Six Things Patients Assume that Aren’t Accurate

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Many people believe various myths and misconceptions about their teeth, most of which are spread just through word of mouth or dental evasion. The fact is, most of these beliefs are not only false, but are actually doing harm to you and your dental health.
Here are a few myths, and some clarifications, that should eradicate some of the various common misconceptions about teeth and oral well-being.


Myth 1 – There is nothing visibly wrong with my teeth. Therefore, I don’t need to see a dentist.

While this belief may be true to some extent, most problems related to the teeth, such as caries and dental infections, are not initially visible to the naked eye, until they progress to an advanced stage.
At the dental office, the dentist employs various diagnostic technologies, such as the x-rays and caries revealing solutions, to detect and treat problems with your teeth at an early stage. Therefore, it is advisable to visit your dentist regularly in order to avoid future dental problems.


Myth 2 – My parents have good teeth, so I don’t have to worry about mine.

Although genetics may play some role in determining your susceptibility against dental infections or caries, it is of utmost importance that you take care of your teeth. Your genetic background will not be able to prevent you from having dental problems if you do not care about your dental health for yourself!


Myth 3 – Brushing your teeth more than once a day might damage the dental enamel.

The protective layer of dental enamel that covers your teeth will not be damaged from frequent brushing, as long as you use the right toothbrush and adopt an appropriate brushing technique. Dentists recommend their patients use a brush with soft bristles. Furthermore, the teeth should be brushed by applying very gentle strokes. It is not the force of brushing that is important, but your ability to clean every nook and corner of your oral cavity. Therefore, don’t be hesitant to brush your teeth as much as you want, provided your brushing technique is correct.



Myth 4 – Chewing a sugar free gum is an excellent alternative to brushing and flossing.

No doubt chewing a sugar free gum is helpful in cleaning the teeth, as well as freshening your breath, but it is certainly NOT an alternative to conventional oral hygiene practices, such as brushing and flossing your teeth.


Myth 5 – Placing a tablet of Aspirin next to an aching tooth will help in relieving pain.

This practice is not only incorrect, but also damaging to your oral cavity. Instead of relieving the dental pain, placing an aspiring tablet adjacent to the hurting tooth can lead to chemical burns to the oral soft tissues, such as the cheeks and gums.




Myth 6 – I shouldn’t brush my teeth if the gums are bleeding.

Gums bleed as a result of negligence regarding oral hygiene. If you stop brushing just because your gums are bleeding, this will further deteriorate the condition. Therefore, it is advisable to continue brushing your teeth. However, extra care must be taken to use gentle brushing strokes, and prevent any further damage to the gums.

About Mark C. Marchbanks, D.D.S.

Dr. Mark Marchbanks has practiced dentistry in Arlington Texas since 1983. He enjoys caring for patients young and old. You can find Dr. Marchbanks on
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