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Many horror stories are floating around that might have made you afraid of the dentists when you were young. Maybe you’re still a little nervous about visiting the dentist today.

Let us bust three dental myths that will blow your mind and make you want to stay on top of your oral hygiene.

You Should Brush Hard To Have Clean Teeth

No way! Brushing too hard can seriously damage your gums and teeth. When you use bristles on a toothbrush that are too hard or stiff, you can scrub away some of the protective layers on your teeth.

Losing this protective layer can cause sensitivity and even some pain when left untreated. Plus, brushing too hard can have an impact on your gums too.

When you brush too hard, your gums can get damaged, and this could open up all kinds of opportunities for things like gingivitis or even an infection. When brushing, always use a soft bristled brush. It won’t be any less effective than a tough brush and will certainly be healthier for your smile than scrubbing your teeth too hard.

Sugar Causes Cavities

Okay, too much sugar does cause cavities. But other things you’re consuming that you probably didn’t know are putting you at risk of cavities.

Citrus fruits, peanut butter and carbohydrates all contain cavity causing elements that can lead to plaque buildup. When plaque builds up in your smile, you’re running the risk of contracting gum disease, bad bacteria build up, decay and more.

The best way to avoid cavities is to brush your teeth twice a day and floss to prevent plaque build-up. Though, it’s also probably best to avoid too much sugar too.

If Your Teeth Are White, They’re Healthy

If your teeth are white, congratulations. But, that doesn’t put you at any lesser risk of contracting gingivitis or suffering from decay or cavities.

If your teeth are pearly white, but you have sensitivity, pain, receding gums or bad breath, don’t ignore it. You probably have some issues with your smile that need seeing to a professional. 

Yes, white teeth look great, but don’t get complacent with the overall health of your smile. This is especially true if you’ve had some kind of whitening treatment as they can often cause sensitivity which can expose your teeth to other problems down the line.

How Do I Know If I Need To See A Dentist?

If busting these myths hasn’t made you think you want to visit your dentist, visit your dentist anyway. Most people who skip their dental appointments do so because they’ve believed rumours like white teeth meaning healthy teeth or avoid sugar, so they don’t see the point in a dental appointment.

Don’t be like those people. You should always visit your dentist at least twice a year for checkups, and you should also visit a hygienist twice a year to make sur you’re not at risk of things like gum disease, decay or cavities.

If you need dental care in Reading, look no further than Woodborough House Dental Practice. Our friendly team can help you get started on your journey to better oral and health and a glowing smile. Call us now. 

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