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KANATA, ON, April 25, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Making smart decisions about your dental health requires being able to distinguish truth from fiction. As with everything, the more you know, the better your chances of maintaining clean, healthy, and beautiful teeth for years to come.
Common Dental Myths
Some of the most popular dental myths surround oral hygiene. General dentistry myths include:
- "Brushing my teeth more than twice a day can remove enamel."
Not true at all. In fact, brushing your teeth after every meal and snack is essential for protecting your enamel. However, brushing with a hard bristled toothbrush can remove enamel. You should only use a soft bristled toothbrush as recommended by your dentist
- "Fluoride is dangerous to my health."
There is absolutely no scientific evidence to support this claim. There is, on the other hand, substantial research to support the benefits fluoride offers teeth. For example, the World Health Organization has found that fluoride in water significantly reduces cavities
- "Gum after a meal is a good replacement for brushing."
Nope. Gum is not capable of removing the same amount of plaque and bacteria as brushing and flossing
- "If my teeth look healthy and don't hurt, I don't need to see a dentist."
Wrong again. Seeing your dentist every six months is an essential part of your oral and systemic health care. Not all dental issues are painful, but many, when left untreated, can lead to serious oral health issues and may even increase your risk for heart disease and other medical problems
- "Dental treatment is painful."
If your dental treatment is painful, there's a problem. General cleanings and examinations should not cause any discomfort at all, and with modern dental services such as sedation, there is no reason even more complex procedures should result in pain
If you live in or around Kanata, Ontario and would like to learn more about proper oral health, please visit the website of Dentistry at Main today at www.dentistryatmain.com.
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