Fact or fiction: 3 common dental myths debunked

Fact or fiction: 3 common dental myths debunked

Have you been following these three common dental myths?

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You’ve probably heard that removing sugar from your diet prevents cavities, or that mouthwash is a cure-all for bad breath.

However, as it turns out, both are myths. Here are three common dental myths you may have been told at some point:

Myth #1: Remove sugar from your diet to prevent cavities
While there is an undeniable link between tooth decay and excessive sugar consumptions, you don’t have to remove it from your diet completely. As long as you practice good oral hygiene and limit your sugar consumption, you can still enjoy the occasional sweet while keeping cavities at bay.

Mouthwash is a cure-all for bad breath.
Yes, mouthwash may help reduce bad breath in the short term. But if you have an underlying condition, such as chronic sinus inflammation, you’ll need to treat the root problem instead.

If your gums bleed, you should stop flossing.
Bleeding gums is actually a sign that you should floss more. In fact, the more regularly you floss, the less your gums will bleed over time. Aim to floss at least twice a day, but don’t overdo it. Make sure to always use proper flossing techniques, as improper flossing can aggravate gums and even worsen bleeding.

While the vast amount of dental advice online can make it difficult to tell the difference between fact and fiction, always check with your dentist on what’s best for you.