Four Tooth Brushing Myths

Four Tooth Brushing Myths

You know you’re supposed to brush your teeth, but how and how often? Make sure you don’t fall into these common tooth-brushing myths.

Myth 1: Brushing Bleeding Gums is Bad

Sometimes when you’re brushing or flossing your teeth, you may notice blood in your saliva when you spit. Does this mean you should stop brushing to give them time to heal? Not necessarily. Gum bleeding is a sign that you may be experiencing gingivitis or other gum disease. This is caused by plaque buildup, which is the result of insufficient brushing and flossing. So when you see bleeding, that means you need to brush more, not less. If the bleeding persists, you may need to see your dentist and/or get a professional cleaning. If your gums are sensitive, use a soft toothbrush on an angle and don’t brush too vigorously. Make sure to brush your gums and tongue as well as your teeth.

Myth 2: The dentist won’t notice if I only brush before my dental appointment

Too often we forget to do our proper daily hygiene until just a few days before our dental appointment, when suddenly out come the brushes and floss. Maybe if you brush enough in the time leading up to the appointment, your dentist won’t notice that you just started? Unfortunately, your dentist will notice, since there will still be a buildup of plaque or tartar. So, keep up that two-minutes twice-daily habit and impress your dentist next visit!

Myth 3: More brushing is always better

Ok so we just said that you should brush regularly, even if your gums are bleeding…but over-brushing can be a problem too. Toothpaste is abrasive, and if you brush too much it could wear down enamel. Don’t eat too much sugary food that stays stuck in your teeth, drink plenty of water, and stick with twice a day!

Myth 4: You should brush right after eating

While it’s true you should brush after meals, brushing too soon post-meal can hurt more than it helps. Particularly after eating acidic foods like oranges, your tooth enamel is often soft. Wait half an hour so that it has time to harden up again before brushing.

Book your next appointment with Concept Dentistry today at 403-248-0301 for a cleaning or if you have any questions about your dental health!

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