Everyone knows that good oral hygiene can help prevent tooth decay and a variety of both oral and systemic health problems. But beyond that, a lot of misconceptions prevail. Collins Dental & Aesthetic dispels some common oral hygiene myths:
1. Brushing harder, or using a brush with firmer bristles is better. Actually brushing too hard can cause irritation to the gums and lead to gingivitis. Drs. Ken and Marnie Collins recommend using a brush with softer bristles and brushing longer. 1-2 minutes of gentle brushing will effectively remove stains and bacteria without irritating the gums.
2. Whiter Teeth are Healthier Teeth. Healthy teeth actually come in a variety of shades that very dependent upon age, genetics, staining, and a variety of other factors. Over the counter and in office whitening treatments typically work through either bleaching the tooth surface, or abrading away plaque and layers of bacteria that can make the teeth appear discolored. Whiteness can be achieved with varying effects on overall oral health. That is to say, white teeth can be unhealthy, and it is equally possible for healthy teeth not to be white Before starting an over the counter whitening treatment, consult with your dentist about your dental health to determine if the whitening product is safe for your specific dental health.
3. Flossing isn’t as important as brushing. People who skip on their daily flossing are missing as much as 33% of their teeth’s surfaces where bacteria can build up and cause gingivitis and cavities. Flossing those hard to reach places is a cheap and easy way to prevent tooth decay.
To schedule a six month professional cleaning, call our office at 509-532-1111.
Or office in Spokane is located at:
3151 E. 28th Ave.
Spokane, WA 99223
Office phone # 509-532-1111