Be true to your teeth or they will be false to you. Here, Dr. George (as he’s known), shares three false dental myths, and offers the truth about each.
Misconception #1: If I brush harder, I won’t need a dentist.
Dr. George says: Brushing too hard can damage your enamel (your teeth’s natural protective covering). It can also lead to gum damage and other oral health problems. Instead, brush in small circles while applying light pressure. Or, use an electric toothbrush to ensure the right amount of pressure is applied.
Misconception #2: It’s ok to chew ice.
Dr. George says: Chewing ice can crack and chip teeth. The damage is irreversible and may require a composite filling, crown, root canal, or losing the tooth. Instead, drink water with a straw or chew sugar-free gum.
Misconception #3: I can skip dental appointments.
Dr. George says: We recommend a teeth cleaning and oral examination every six months. Once plaque hardens into tartar, it can only be removed by a dental professional. Left untreated, tartar buildup increases the risk of tooth decay and gum disease.