With social media today, word travels fast—and that includes information that may be untrue. When it comes to your oral health, there are plenty of myths out there that are doing your smile no favors. If you are uncertain about anything concerning your teeth and gums, we encourage those in the Aurora area to contact Dr. John Chen at Uptown Comprehensive Dentistry and Prosthodontists.
Myth #1—Bleeding Gums After Brushing or Flossing Are Nothing to Be Concerned About
Nothing could be further than the truth. If your gums bleed after brushing or flossing, even just a little bit, this could be a sign of the earliest stages of gum disease. Gum disease often starts out with these mild symptoms, but left untreated, it can balloon into a much larger issue that cannot be reversed. Ultimately, gum infection can pull the gums away from the teeth, causing erosion of the surrounding bone. In fact, gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss among adults in this country.
Myth #2—I Don’t Snore, So I Don’t Have Sleep Apnea
Although snoring is a common sign of sleep apnea, the lack of snoring doesn’t mean sleep apnea is not present. If you are waking up tired or with a headache even after being in bed for a full seven or eight hours, this could be a sign something is going on—and that could be sleep apnea.
Myth #3—Teeth Whitening Is Dangerous
This myth doesn’t really impact your oral health as much as it does your smile—and possibly your self-confidence. Many people shy away from teeth whitening because they believe it can harm their teeth. When you opt for professional teeth whitening, you can rest assured that the bleaching agents used are safe and will not harm your teeth or gums. At Uptown Comprehensive Dentistry and Prosthodontists in Aurora, your dentist Dr. Chen will take steps to protect your teeth and gums from developing sensitivity to the whitening agent—and make your teeth several shades whiter in just one dental appointment.
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Don’t let myths be a part of your oral health decision-making. Call us today to book an appointment!