We have heard some interesting myths about oral health over the years, and unfortunately, seen many patients doing damage whilst believing they are caring for their teeth and gums. Keeping our patients informed is our priority so we wanted to bust some myths around oral health by providing the facts.
Fact: Teeth don’t need to hurt to have gum disease
If only it was so simple to diagnose dental problems. Unfortunately, many serious problems such as chronic gum disease and cavities will not hurt in the beginning. It is only once the disease has spread that you may begin to feel discomfort, and by that time treatment may be extensive and costly. A thorough oral hygiene routine and regular check-ups are the best way to stop any problems before they become serious.
Fact: Bleeding gums are not normal
Bleeding gums are the first sign of an infection and your body’s way of letting you know something is wrong. Plaque accumulation on teeth where your toothbrush is unable to reach can cause bleeding gums, but regular flossing can help to reach those places and prevent build up. Brushing and flossing twice daily can help to heal bleeding gums, but if it continues, make an appointment so we can assess your oral health and check for gum disease.