So you come to our Georgetown dental office every six months for a cleaning. At home, you brush your teeth and floss like a boss. However, there are some common misconceptions about smile care, both in the office and at home, that can actually do more harm than good to you and your oral health. Today, we’re going to discuss the top three. Join us!
Misconception #1 – Sugar is the root of all issues.
We’re sure you’ve heard from your Georgetown dentist or from someone else about the dangers sugar can pose to not just your oral health, but your overall health too. It’s easy to blame all the bad stuff that happens to our teeth on sugar, but it’s really the sugar itself that’s the main cause for decay or deterioration. Do you know that it’s actually a combination of bacteria and the acid they produce while feeding on the sugar stuck to your teeth. Bad bacteria and acid can dramatically damage your tooth enamel.
Misconception #2 – The harder you brush, the better.
When you’re stuck scrubbing that stuck-on food from your dishes, the more you scrub and the harder you push, the chances are you’re going to get them squeaky clean. When you need to get your teeth sparkling, the same cleaning method won’t work. When you brush too hard or too quickly, there’s a chance that you could be doing more harm than good. You’re putting your tooth enamel and gums at risk, along with the possibility of developing cavities or unwanted decay.
Misconception #3 – I don’t have dental issues. I don’t need a dentist.
It’s very common for patients to wait until they have a dental issue to call our dental office in Georgetown. It should actually be the total opposite! You want to see your Georgetown dentist every six months to prevent dental issues before they harm your oral and overall health. You’ll be so glad you did as these visits can definitely save you from experiencing the pain of dental problems and the cost it will take to fix them.
Maintaining a good oral health routine of brushing and flossing daily is only half of what it takes to keep your smile healthy for life. Make sure you’re using proper brushing and flossing techniques, eating a well-balanced diet packed with vegetables and fruits, and seeing your dentist every six months. We’re always welcoming new patients at our Georgetown dental office. Call us to schedule your hassle-free consultation and examination!