At our Glenwood Springs dentist office, we work hard to ensure that your patients have complete and accurate details about oral health. Unfortunately, between visits they may get information from other sources that is questionable at best. Consequently, if they make decisions about their oral care based on that information, it can be a problem.
Some Truths About Teeth
Here are four common myths you should be aware of:
Myth 1 - Tooth whiteness is the best measure of tooth health
While there’s certainly nothing wrong with having white teeth, the truth is that the color of a person's teeth is no indicator of their health. People with brilliant, white smiles may have a whole host of oral health issues. On the other hand, people with tooth color that’s more toward the yellow end of the spectrum may have strong, healthy teeth.
Myth 2 - You really don’t need to floss
You will occasionally hear a dental expert say that flossing is unnecessary. However, the reality is that not only does flossing dislodge any food stuck between teeth, it helps remove the plaque that your brush can’t reach no matter how hard you try. In fact, as much as 30 percent of your tooth surface remains unclean if you don’t floss.
Myth 3 - Bleaching your teeth is bad for them
This is not true. As noted above, whitening your teeth doesn’t make them any healthier, but if you want to get a whiter smile there is nothing wrong with bleaching if it is done correctly. While some of the chemicals used when tooth whitening first became popular could damage enamel, the formulas used today are pH neutral.
So, as we tell people at our Glenwood Springs dentist office, just be sure that if you are whitening your teeth yourself, you do so as directed.
Myth 4 - You should avoid brushing your gums if they have been bleeding
False. You need to brush your gums to remove the plaque that causes gingivitis and inflammation. The key is to do so gently, especially if you have been experiencing bleeding. Being overly aggressive with your toothbrush can cause irritation. And, don’t forget to floss.
Getting the Facts Straight
If you have questions about your oral health, the best place to get answers is your trusted Glenwood Springs dentist. We’ll provide the accurate, up-to-date information you need to take proper care of your teeth and gums. To make an appointment with Dr. Steinbach or Dr. Van Gorden, call 970-279-5647. Schedule online now!
We’ve proudly provided comprehensive dental care to Basalt, Aspen, Carbondale, Glenwood Springs, and surrounding Colorado areas for 25 years.