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Busting Dental Myths

Everybody brushes and cares for their teeth differently based on their beliefs surrounding mouth health. However, many people don’t realize that their practices are doing more harm than good. The mouth is a sensitive place, and it’s essential to care for it properly. Please do your research about cleaning methods before practicing them! Here are some of the most common myths that need to be busted.

tips for brushing your teeth from Grafton orthodontist

Myth 1: Brushing harder will clean better

It’s commonly thought that brushing harder will eliminate more plaque and dirt on your teeth. The reality is that this couldn’t be more wrong. In fact, hard brushing can damage the enamel on your teeth as well as your gum tissue. The best thing to do? Brush gently for only 2 minutes a session using a soft-bristled toothbrush.

Myth 2: It’s normal for gums to bleed

While many people’s gums bleed for not being adequately cared for, people tend to shrug it off as no big deal. However, it is a big deal. Bleeding gums are a sign of gum inflammation, excessive plaque build-up, gum disease, gingivitis, and more. If your gums are bleeding, you should immediately schedule an appointment with your dentist.

Myth 3: Charcoal toothpaste is better

Charcoal toothpaste is often thought to whiten teeth better than regular whitening toothpaste. However, this myth has never been proven and is a misleading claim. Charcoal toothpaste is all-around worse for your teeth and offers little protection. It may even harm the teeth and gums. All in all, it’s best to stay away from this type of toothpaste.

Grafton Orthodontics is here to address any concerns you may have about your teeth health. To schedule a complimentary consultation with Dr. Amanda Olejniczak and our team, call  262.377.8950 today!