When winter hits in the midwest, the last thing we want to do is leave our houses, let alone see a dentist. Maybe you haven’t had a check-up since last spring. That’s okay, because spring is back and it’s time to book those dentist appointments in Chicago now! The warm weather and passing smiles have us playing games, like Myth vs. Fact.
Myth: Only go to the dentist when you have pain in your teeth.
Fact: If the dentist can diagnose and cure a tooth problem at an earlier stage rather than when you are in significant pain, the procedure becomes easier and cost-effective. Not in pain? We still recommend seeing a dentist bi-yearly for cleanings and exams.
Myth: Flossing creates spaces between teeth.
Fact: No, no, no! Flossing actually helps prevent possible decay between teeth. If your gums bleed when you floss, get in the habit of flossing twice a day and the irritation will go down. If bleeding is consistent, visit your dentist!
Myth: Diet soda doesn’t affect your teeth because it’s sugar-free.
Fact: True, there may be no sugar in diet soda, but it still contains acid. Acid (a pH level of roughly 3—water is a neutral 7) in soft drinks cause tooth enamel to weaken. If possible, avoid any soda.
Myth: It doesn’t matter when I brush my teeth, as long as it’s twice a day.
Fact: Brushing in the morning before your day fights decay and helps prevent bad breath. Brushing at night we remove food particles and cleanse our mouth before bedtime. Brushing during the day is okay too, as long as it’s in addition to morning and night!
Make sure to keep your dental facts straight and smile big this spring! As always, if you have any questions, our dentist in Chicago are here for you.