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Don't believe these common dental myths
Updated: 9/13/2012 6:30:03 PM
 

Don  

It's important for people to know the myths and facts of dental health so they understand how to properly care for their teeth. For example, WebMD states that many people believe sugar causes cavities, when in reality it is the bacteria in the mouth feeding off of sugars in foods that leads to decay. Recently, The San Diego Union-Tribune published an article explaining some common myths about dental health that need to be dispelled.

First, the news source points out that putting an aspirin next to a tooth is not an effective way to relieve pain.

"Placing an aspirin directly on your gum causes an ulceration of the tissue, commonly referred to as an aspirin burn. Aspirin can be effective as a pain reliever when taken as directed. However, no home remedy can replace the expertise of a dentist," writes the information provider.

Also, while some individuals think that a little bit of bleeding in the gums while brushing is normal, it isn't. Bleeding gums could be the sign of gingivitis, the early stage of gum disease, or an indication that you're brushing too hard.

Finally, it is a common misconception that dry mouth is only a problem for elderly individuals, when in reality it can happen at any age, may pose a serious threat to dental health and should be addressed by a dentist. 

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