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There are many myths and misconceptions surrounding dental health that have been passed down from generation to generation. In this blog post, we will discuss some of the most common dental myths and why they are not true.

Myth 1: Sugar is the only cause of cavities

While sugar is a leading cause of cavities, it is not the only one. Other factors such as poor oral hygiene, acidic drinks, and frequent snacking can also contribute to tooth decay.

Myth 2: Brushing your teeth harder will make them cleaner

Brushing your teeth too hard can actually harm your tooth enamel and gums. Instead, use a soft-bristled brush and a gentle circular motion to clean your teeth and gums.

Myth 3: Flossing isn’t necessary

Flossing is a crucial part of dental hygiene as it removes food particles and plaque from between your teeth, where your brush cannot reach. Skipping flossing can lead to cavities, gum disease, and even tooth loss.

Myth 4: You only need to see a dentist if you have tooth pain

Dental check-ups are important for identifying and treating dental problems before they become more serious. Regular check-ups can also help to prevent problems from developing in the first place.

Myth 5: You should rinse your mouth with water after brushing

Rinsing your mouth with water after brushing can actually wash away the fluoride in your toothpaste, which helps to protect your teeth from decay. Instead, spit out the excess toothpaste and let the remaining fluoride coat your teeth.

Myth 6: You can’t whiten your teeth if you have sensitive teeth

While whitening products can cause temporary sensitivity, there are many options available that are specifically designed for people with sensitive teeth. Talk to your dentist about which whitening options are right for you.

Myth 7: You only need to replace your toothbrush when the bristles are frayed

Toothbrushes should be replaced every three to four months, even if the bristles still look okay. Over time, bacteria can build up on the bristles, making it less effective at cleaning your teeth.

In conclusion, it’s important to separate dental fact from fiction. Don’t fall for these common dental myths and always consult with your dentist to get the most accurate information about your dental health.

Don’t forget to book your next routine dental appointment and hygiene by following the same link or call us on 01908 260757 to book with a member of our team 😁

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