There are a lot of myths and preconceptions about the best way or the proper way to take care of your teeth. But some of these misunderstandings can actually cause more harm than good to your teeth.

Learn more about some of these common dental myths — and don’t forget to prioritize your routine family dental care. Call First Hill Dental Center in Seattle to get your appointment scheduled today!

Myth: You only need to visit the dentist if your teeth hurt.

Preventative care and teeth cleanings are just as important as getting family dental care when your teeth start to hurt. Usually tooth pain or other problems are a sign that something is wrong. But preventative care and proper cleanings can prevent those more serious problems from occurring in the first place.

Myth: Diet sodas are okay for your teeth because they don’t have the sugar that regular sodas have.

If you’re trying to avoid sugar, diet sodas are a popular choice. But just because they’re missing the cavity-causing sugars doesn’t mean they are good for your teeth. Diet sodas are still acidic which can eat away at your enamel and cause tooth sensitivity. This also holds true for other acidic drinks, like orange or other citrus juices.

Myth: The time of day you brush your teeth doesn’t matter.

You probably know that it’s recommended that you brush your teeth at least twice a day. But the time of day you brush your teeth also plays an important role in the health of your teeth. Brushing your teeth before you go to bed removes any remaining food particles between your teeth that could contribute to tooth decay over time. When you brush your teeth in the morning, you’re also helping prevent tooth decay while fighting bad breath.

Myth: Baby teeth aren’t important.

It’s true that baby teeth will eventually fall out. But while your child has their baby teeth, you still need to make sure they’re properly cared for. Baby teeth create the space for the permanent teeth to line up and grow in properly.

Myth: You need to brush harder to get clean teeth.

Clean teeth is not about the strength of how hard you brush your teeth but the technique you use to brush your teeth. In fact, brushing too hard can erode the enamel on your teeth and wear away your gums. Instead, you want to use a brush with a soft bristle and focus on the areas your brushing, not the strength you’re using.

Myth: Bad dental habits can only affect the health of your teeth.

While the primary focus of dental health might seem to be on your teeth, it influences your overall health as well. The buildup of bacteria in your mouth can cause an inflammation of your gums — called gingivitis. That inflammation from gingivitis can start to cause health problems, like heart disease, heart and kidney disease, stroke, and other inflammatory diseases.

Make Family Dental Care a Priority

So now that you have a better understanding of the myths surrounding your teeth, it’s time to evaluate how you’re taking care of your own teeth. Whether you need to change how or when you brush, or stop choosing acidic drink options, those small changes can have a large impact on the overall health of your teeth.

If you haven’t scheduled your annual preventative family dental care, contact your dental team at First Hill Dental Center in Seattle. You can also learn more about your teeth health on our blog: