Don’t Let These Dental Myths Steal Your Smile! [BLOG]

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Don’t believe the hype about what you should or shouldn’t do when it comes to your dental health!

Your friends at Douglas A. Callow, DDS want to make sure you’re armed with the right information about how to keep your smile healthy!

Dental Myths That Could Spell Disaster For Your Smile!

Here are a few common dental myths that have persisted throughout the decades, even though believing them could spell disaster for your smile:

MYTH – Teeth whitening isn’t safe!

Maybe this isn’t completely untrue.

There is one kind of teeth whitening that is safe, and that’s treatment administered by the professionals!

Over-the-counter whitening products from the drugstore may seem cheap and convenient, but there are a number of reasons they’re problematic for your teeth.

The only way to safely and effectively whiten your teeth is at the dentist office where you’ll receive proper application, the right levels of bleaching agents, and adequate protection of your gums from messy, goopy, poorly-fitting strips and trays from store-bought kits.

MYTH – It’s totally normal for your gums to bleed!



Not at all.

Your gums should never bleed, not even when you brush and floss your teeth.

Bleeding, along with redness, swelling, and irritation are signs that your gums are in trouble, actually. Gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss, which means its symptoms should always be taken seriously!

MYTH – Diet soda is a teeth-friendly alternative to regular soda!

Wrong again!

Even though diet soda is sugar-free, it will never be acid-free, and that’s just as threatening to your teeth. Highly-acidic drinks wear away your tooth enamel, making your teeth just as vulnerable to harmful bacteria.

The true teeth-friendly beverages are water and milk!

MYTH – You only need to visit the dentist if there’s a problem!

It’s not fair, but many people hate dentists and try to avoid them at all costs.

That is, unless some sort of dental problem forces them to finally seek a dentist’s help.

This is likely because millions of people suffer from dental anxiety. While we can understand, we have to tell you that staying away from the dentist will only lead to the kind of problems and treatments you’re probably trying to avoid!

Your routine cleanings and exams every six months are necessary to stay on top of your oral health, removing harmful plaque buildup and catching dental problems early while they’re simple to treat!

MYTH – Scrubbing your teeth vigorously with hard bristles is BEST!


A hard-bristle toothbrush may seem like it would be a better option for getting your teeth squeaky clean, but the truth is, hard scrubbing can damage your tooth enamel.

It may be microscopic at first, but over time, you’ll begin to see the effects of worn enamel or you’ll feel the effects! That’s because enamel doesn’t heal itself, which means bacteria will take advantage of its weakest spots and lead to painful dental problems and potential infections.

The American Dental Association actually recommends using a soft-bristle toothbrush instead!

Schedule An Appointment!

You don’t have to let yourself get caught up in the hype about dental health.

Believing these myths could lead to disaster for your smile and overall health, so we hope we’ve helped set the record straight so you are armed with the facts!

If you’re concerned about the state of your oral health, visit your Plymouth dentist for a dental cleaning and exam!

Call Douglas A. Callow, DDS today at 734-404-7336 or fill out our online form to schedule an appointment.

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