8 January 2016 newsmiledentalperth

Oral Health: Have You Got It Right?

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.

 

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Fact: Rinsing after brushing isn’t necessary

One mistake many people make is rinsing after brushing to get rid of excess toothpaste. However, that additional toothpaste can help protect your teeth throughout the day, layering your teeth with fluoride, which can reduce the acid bacteria produces, leading to cavities. It also fights against dental decay and can reinforce tooth enamel. Spit, but don’t rinse.

Fact: Bad breath can’t be solved with mouthwash

If only it was so easy to solve bad breath. Unfortunately, there can be various causes of bad breath and it can be difficult to determine or eliminate altogether. Culprits can include medication, certain foods, poor dental hygiene or illness. The main cause is bacteria and the best way to minimise bad breath is to use a tongue scraper.

Fact: You do not need to brush immediately after eating

In fact, waiting 30 minutes to brush after finishing a meal is best. It may seem better to brush immediately after eating to remove any food particles which are caught between our teeth. However, brushing may have a negative effect, weakening tooth enamel. It’s especially a risk if you have consumed sugary or acidic food or beverages. Rather than brushing, try rinsing with water or chewing sugarless gum to promote saliva production.

Your Questions, Answered

We want to make sure you have the right information to care for your dental health. Have you heard any other myths? Get in touch to make an appointment to discuss how we can manage your oral health and arm you with the facts.