The Truth About Your Teeth

Having all the right information about proper dental care will go a long way in keeping your teeth happy and healthy. However, following the dos and don’ts of good oral hygiene isn’t always easy, especially when we have trouble distinguishing fact from fiction.

Brushing the myths aside

Here at the Campbell Dental Centre, we know that having the wrong information about how to take care of your teeth can potentially lead to serious and long-term problems. In order to provide you with the best dental care possible, it’s important to clarify certain myths and misconceptions surrounding your teeth, such as:

Brushing alone is enough. While very important, brushing alone is simply not enough to
keep your teeth healthy. It’s very important to floss every day in order to clean those hard
to reach areas and to remove any plaque, as that is the main cause of cavities and gum

Only sugary foods cause cavities. This is a very common misconception. The reality is that
any foods high in starch or carbohydrates, like pasta and bread, are also significant
contributors to the development of cavities. If left in your mouth too long, these foods will
eventually lead to the development of bacteria. This is again why we recommend that you
build good habits of both brushing and flossing consistently.

No pain is a good sign. Many people believe that the absence of pain means their teeth are
fine. But pain is not a symptom in the early onset of tooth decay so regular check-ups will
allow your dentist to catch any potential problems before they become too serious. As the
old adage goes, an ounce of prevention is a worth a pound of cure.

Pregnant women should avoid the dentist. Women can and should visit the dentist while
pregnant. Regular cleanings will help your mouth stay healthy and allow your dentist to
check and treat any changes brought on by your pregnancy, such as an increase risk in tooth
decay and pregnancy gingivitis.

Mouthwash as a flossing substitute. Simply put, rinsing your mouth out with mouthwash is
not as effective as flossing when it comes to fighting plaque and gingivitis. While useful as an
anti-bacterial agent, mouthwashes cannot perform the same functions as dental floss. Much
like your toothbrush, flossing will help to remove any lingering food particles in your mouth as
well as scrape off plaque from your teeth.

Your smile is important to us
Spruce Grove’s Campbell Dental Centre is committed to providing our patients with quality and friendly dentistry services. Our knowledgeable dentists will work with you to make sure you receive the best information and treatment possible to keep you smiling.

Contact us today to book an appointment!

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