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We keep debunking myths related to oral health

What is most important in oral health is to be well informed so that we can take the right decisions. Don’t let these myths confuse you!

1- Flossing is not important: When we think of oral hygiene, dental brushing comes to mind. At the same time, using dental flossing is considered less important. However, even if brushing helps to clean the teeth surface, there are areas where this cannot reach, in this case it’s when dental flossing is necessary. 

2- The harder you brush, the cleaner your teeth: Brushing too hard or with a hard-bristle brush can damage your teeth and wear away your enamel causing cavities and gum recession.

3- Pregnancy causes mom’s tooth loss due to lack of calcium: Hormonal alterations that happen during pregnancy causes a greater risk for gingivitis and cavities. Therefore, pregnant ladies must maximize oral care and visit their dentist regularly during pregnancy to avoid bigger problems.

4- Bad teeth and gums are hereditary: The size and shape of your mouth as well as bone structure are genetically inherited, this will determine your teeth alignment. What is not hereditary are bad teeth, damaged gums or a tendency to lose teeth. Your teeth and gums health is directly associated with proper oral care.

5- After eating, brush your teeth as soon as possible: This is not correct since after eating there are changes in the pH of your mouth which means that the acid present could damage your teeth enamel.

Do you know any other myths that we haven’t explained here? Share it with us and if you still have doubts, visit us in any of our clinics. We will be glad to have you!


Dr. Armellini received her dental degree from the Central University of Venezuela. She received an MBA from the University of Michigan and embarked on a clinical fellowship in Implantology Prosthodontics at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto.

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