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Dental Myths and Facts

Myth #1: A hard bristled toothbrush is best for removing tartar.
Fact:  Brushing too roughly with any toothbrush may cause irritation &
erosion of your gums. To maintain healthy teeth and gums brushing
thoroughly and flossing twice a day is your best bet. And routine visits,
twice yearly for a hygiene cleaning is the best way to remove any
tartar build up. 

Myth #2: Brushing is as good as flossing.
Fact:  Flossing twice daily is necessary for clean healthy gums and
 also removes food that is stuck between teeth which can cause
bad breath and plaque build up.

Myth #3: Whitening toothpastes bleach teeth.
Fact:  Whitening toothpaste alone isn't strong enough to make your smile whiter. Though when it is used in conjunction with other at-home whitening products or as a follow up to an in-office whitening treatment can help whiten or keep white.
Myth #4:
Candy causes cavities.

As an adult, as long as you brush and floss twice a day, candy does not necessarily cause cavities. The frequency in which you eat it and whether you drink sugary beverages also need to be taken into consideration. 

Myth #5: Chewing gum is bad for your teeth.
  Increased chewing stimulates saliva production which helps flush your mouth of food & beverages that can stain your teeth. It is best to chew a xylitol sweetened gum because it can prevent cavities at the same time.

Myth #6: Women shouldn't get their teeth cleaned during pregnancy.
Pregnant women actually need three cleanings during their term. This is due to the high estrogen levels which increase blood flow throughout the body, especially to the gums, putting them at a greater risk of gingivitis.

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Myth #7:  Baby teeth don't need to be brushed.
Fact:  A soft bristled plastic finger brush can be used on baby's gums before teeth even errupt. Once teeth have errupted a toddler toothbrush should be used daily to avoid decay. If decay forms it can cause pain, speech problems and create problems for the child to eat comfortably. Decayed baby teeth can even create problems in how the adult align.