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A Women brushing her teeth

Hello and welcome back to another September edition of the blog!

Let’s face it, there is a lot of bizarre information out there, especially online. That’s why our team always tries to make use of this platform to set the facts straight in regards to oral health issues.

Keep reading as we separate some facts from fiction, and then be sure to follow up with any questions of your own, and to schedule your next appointment at 1st In Smiles of Plano, Texas.

Our team, under the direction of Dr. Barfield, has all the tools, training, and technology to keep you smiling BIG for years to come!

Fiction: Fluoride Is Bad for You

There is a reason we went through so much trouble to add fluoride to the public water supply in the middle of the last century. And it was not part of a government conspiracy! This was done to improve the horrendous state of oral health among the American population.

To receive any harmful effects from fluoride you would need to be exposed to twenty times more than you will likely ever get on a daily basis. Seriously, the fluoride you’re getting daily in this part of the world isn’t only safe, it’s essential for good oral health because it rebuilds damaged tooth enamel. Drink up!

Fact: You Should Get a New Toothbrush Every Three Months

True story! The American Dental Association suggests that you swap out your toothbrush approximately every three to four months, or sooner if the bristles are frayed. This will help you maximize the effectiveness of this preventive practice. After all, brushing is your frontline of defense against disease and decay!

Fiction: Bloody Gums Result From Brushing Too Hard

Nope! We’re here to tell you that bleeding while brushing is not normal! It’s certainly not due to brushing too hard. If your gums are bleeding it’s almost definitely a sign of early forms of gum disease (gingivitis). And you will want to take action before it advances into full-blown periodontal disease.

Fact: Anyone Can Get Gum Disease

Gum disease is a very real possibility for people of any age or background. The older you get, your chances increase, but young folks are not immune to this potentially nasty condition that leads to tooth loss and bigger health problems if left unaddressed!

Fiction: Yellow Teeth Mean You Have an Unhealthy Mouth

Yellow or stained teeth can certainly make you feel blue. You will likely be self-conscious about smiling and so forth. But there really is no connection between tooth color and health.

A teeth whitening treatment from Dr. Barfield can help improve the appearance of your smile, but it’s not going to do anything for your health.

Fact: You Should Visit the Dentist Every 3-6 Months

We aren’t just saying this because we are a dentist’s office in Plano, TX! You really can prevent major oral health issues when you stop by regularly for comprehensive exams and professional teeth cleanings. Prevention along the way is always better than treatments later.

Fiction: It Is Ok to Brush Your Teeth Right After Eating

Get this: If you brush your teeth within 30 minutes of eating you could actually be doing significant damage because your enamel is softened by sugars, acids, etc.

It’s a Fact That We Can Help!

We hope that today’s post has been informative. Now all you have to do is contact us online to schedule your next preventive appointment at 1st In Smiles. Dr. Barfield and the rest of our team are standing by to help you get a cleaner, better-looking smile!