Good oral health is a very important part of maintaining good overall health. Unfortunately, there are a lot of myths and misconceptions out there about oral health that can end up causing a lot of harm. At Azarko Dental Group, our Edmonton dentists play an active role in educating patients about the proper way to take care of their teeth and gums. Here are some of the most common myths that we hear from patients who visit our dental clinics in Edmonton.
Myth #1 - Flossing causes bleeding gums
Fact: It's perfectly normal for gums to bleed a little bit when you first start flossing. However, the bleeding is due not to the floss but to the plaque bacteria which has settled on your gums and caused inflammation. With proper brushing and flossing habits, the bleeding should quickly subside. If the bleeding is severe or gets any worse, then you should go talk to your Edmonton dentist.
Myth #2 - Gum disease is not a big dental health issue
Fact: Gum disease is absolutely a big dental health issue, as it can develop into periodontitis and result in tooth loss if left untreated. The good news is that gum disease is very preventable and also quite easily reversible if caught in its early stages.
Myth #3 - Tooth decay is directly caused by sugar
Fact: Sugar does contribute to tooth decay but not in as direct of a manner as most people think. Tooth decay is actually caused by the acid produced by plaque bacteria, which wears away at tooth enamel. Plaque bacteria produces acid as a by-product of consuming the sugars that come from sugary and starchy foods.
Myth #4 - Tooth loss is a normal part of ageing
Fact: Tooth loss does not have to be inevitable as you age. As was mentioned above, the main cause of tooth loss is periodontitis - a preventable oral health condition. Practicing good oral health at home and visiting your Edmonton dental clinic on a regular basis will help keep your teeth and gums healthy as you age.
Myth #5 - Babies and toddlers don't need to visit the dentist
Fact: You should take your child to their first dental visit sometime around their first birthday and regularly from then on. Plaque bacteria does not discriminate. It can begin causing damage to your child's teeth and gums from a very early age.
Have More Questions About Oral Health? Ask an Edmonton Dentist
If you have any more questions about oral health, then there's no better place to get good advice than at your dental clinic in Edmonton. The dentists at Azarko Dental Group will be more than happy to explain how you can keep your teeth and gums healthy and strong. We also offer a range of comprehensive dental services for all of your oral health needs.
To schedule an appointment at our Edmonton dental clinic, contact Azarko Dental Group today.