Dental Fads Not To Try

Posted on Behalf of Rock Point Family Dentistry

Cedar Park TX General DentistWhen it comes to your dental health, be careful not to fall prey to new dental trends that have not proven their effectiveness over the course of years. There is a reason many fads come and go, they are all the craze for a time and then, over time, they crash and burn away.

A new fad quietly creeping into our culture is that maybe flossing is not as important as you may have been led to believe for your entire life. While this idea might be appealing to those who struggle to make flossing a daily priority, it's not a trend you need to consider as valid. Flossing is an effective way to get into the "nooks and crannies," which need to be kept clean. If you don't floss the areas between your teeth and underneath your gums begin to breed bacteria, and eventually plaque. Both of these areas love to hide and cause problems. Flossing is the way to get to those areas that your toothbrush cannot reach.

"DIY" braces trend has been gaining of momentum recently. Teens, who may not be able to afford traditional orthodontia, feel pressure to have perfect teeth. They are using elastics around their teeth to straighten teeth and close gaps. While this method may actually work to move your teeth, they will cause problems with your gums. When the gums experience the pressure put on them by the elastics, the blood supply is cut off. This changes the shape of the gums and can cause severe inflammation and infection.

Don't jump on these and other bandwagons that are tempting. At Rock Point Family Dentistry, we are here to listen to your dental concerns and help you decide if a dental change is right for you. We care about every aspect of your dental health.

Posted on behalf of Rock Point Family Dentistry

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