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3 dental myths: examined

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There is a lot of mystery around dental issues and many myths and misconceptions floating around that can give the completely wrong idea. These are some of the most common misconceptions… explained!

Whitening your teeth can be bad for them: Teeth aren’t the same as hair – lightening won’t destroy them. When done professionally, there is no risk of damage to tooth enamel in the whitening process. After whitening, your gums and teeth might be more sensitive than usual and may temporarily become more porous. Read more about teeth whitening here

More brushing = healthier teeth: It’s all about quality, not quantity. Brushing too often and too vigorously can wear down your tooth enamel and irritate your gums, making them more vulnerable and sensitive to damage. Brushing correctly, 2 minutes twice a day is all you need.

You should stop brushing and flossing if your gums bleed: Bleeding gums is a symptom of an unhealthy mouth and a build up of plaque, but that doesn’t mean you should stop brushing or flossing. Try a different brushing angle and use a small, soft toothbrush. If the bleeding continues, visit your dentist as soon as possible as there may be an underlying cause.

Don’t get caught up in myths about dental care that could ultimately lead to dental neglect. If you have a question, be sure to ask your Smile Clinics dentist at your next 6 monthly check up!

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