It seems like everything is known about the rules and recommendations on how to take care about our teeth effectively. However, day after day new versions of good old principles of dental care appear here and there. As a result, many people still remain confused about the basics of brushing, flossing, whitening and other dental care procedures. Check out the most popular dental myths and related comments of dental specialists.
MYTH: Brushing my teeth several times a day harms the enamel.
TRUTH: This is partially true. Usually, it is enough to brush your teeth two times a day, but if you have an opportunity to brush your teeth more frequently (for example, after every meal), use a soft or extra soft toothbrush.
MYTH: Using a sugarless chewing gum with xylitol after meal can replace brushing and have the same effect.
TRUTH: Not really, but if you cannot brush your teeth after every meal, you can use a sugarless chewing gum to clean your teeth and refresh your breath. Do not chew it for more than 10 minutes. Word of caution though; chewing of gum must never replace brushing.
MYTH: I must not brush my teeth if my gums bleed.
TRUTH: Bleeding gums is a sign to see your dentist. However, if you cannot do this as soon as possible, you can brush your teeth with a soft or extra soft toothbrush. In fact bleeding gums could be an indicator that one should brush more vigorously!
MYTH: Placing a tablet of aspirin beside my aching tooth can ease the pain.
TRUTH: Aspirin does not work effectively for relieving toothache. Besides, it damages soft tissues in your mouth. Therefore, it is better to use natural analgesics, such as clover oil or tea tree oil.
MYTH: There is no need in seeing dentist if there is no visible problem with my teeth.
TRUTH: You must see your dentist twice a year, no matter in what condition your teeth are at the moment. Sometimes, only a dentist can see possible problem, and it is always better to start treatment on the earliest stages. REMEMBER A STITCH IN TIME SAVES NINE.
MYTH: If tooth enamel is white, the tooth must be considered healthy.
TRUTH: This is absolutely not true! A tooth can look healthy and white, but, at the same time, it can have cavities, problems with the root or other abnormalities that require treatment.
MYTH: Pregnancy predisposes one to dental decay and other dental problems
TRUTH: This is not absolutely true! While it is true that there are gum changes i.e bleeding gums, this is largely due to the hormonal changes which have taken place. There is no direct relationship between tooth decay and pregnancy. Regular checkups at this period are important. For further reading just click on dentistry and pregnancy
MYTH: After a decayed tooth is treated, there will be no more decaying there.
TRUTH: There is no guarantee for this. After the treatment, every tooth must be properly cared about: regularly brushed, flossed and so on.
MYTH: The best treatment for an aching tooth is to have it removed.
TRUTH: This is how people end up removing all their teeth one by one! Before making a decision whether to remove an aching tooth you have to consult a qualified dental professional and, possibly, ask for the opinion of several specialists. Sometimes, even totally decayed tooth can be restored, and, at the same time, there are situations when even a healthy looking tooth must be extracted.
MYTH: It is better to remove wisdom teeth because they usually cause problems.
TRUTH: Do not extract your wisdom teeth until you have started having real problems with them. Again it is important to get opinion from various qualified professionals.
MYTH: Good or bad dental health can be inherited.
TRUTH: Such factor as inheritance plays very minor role for good dental health of people if any. The main rules are to maintain proper oral hygiene and visit your dentist regularly. The responsibility of good dental hygiene purely lies with the individual
MYTH: Eating too hot or too cold meals can harm my teeth.
TRUTH: Only regular eating too hot or too cold meals can be harmful for your teeth and dental nerves.
MYTH: Using toothpicks after meals can widen the gaps between my teeth.
TRUTH: Using usual toothpicks cannot have such effects, but you must be very careful when using toothpicks because they can damage the gums and other soft tissues in your mouth.
MYTH: Teeth whitening is harmful as it can damage the enamel.
TRUTH: Modern methods of teeth whitening, including laser teeth whitening or Air Flow technique, have minimal harmful effects. Nevertheless, one must remember that teeth whitening cannot be recommended for many people, especially for those who has sensitive teeth, problematic enamel, underdeveloped tooth tissues, as well as for pregnant and nursing women.
MYTH: There is no need in taking care about the teeth of my baby because in some years they are going to fall out.
TRUTH: It must be noted that there was good reason nature gave babies these teeth in the first place! This thinking is absolutely wrong from a variety of perspectives. First of all, if you do not take care about premature teeth, they may fall out before the time and cause problems with bite or improper development of your child’s permanent teeth. Besides, it is necessary to start educating your children to maintain good dental and oral hygiene since early childhood.
MYTH: It is necessary to avoid dental procedures during pregnancy.
TRUTH: Regular dental treatment must not be avoided by pregnant women. For further reading refer to dentistry and pregnancy
MYTH: Any type of dental treatment is very painful.
TRUTH: Not anymore. Advanced dental technologies allow making dental treatment not painful by using anesthetic agents.
MYTH: Gum treatment weakens teeth
TRUTH: This is not true. If anything this is the kind of treatment that makes the teeth firmer, by removing the tartar which contributes to bone loss. But in the situation where there was severe bone loss and mobility of the teeth it would require the intervention of a periodontist to assess and correct any anomalies.
MYTH: Dentures (false teeth) are made from goat teeth!!!Please don’t laugh
TRUTH: The teeth in dentures are not harvested from goats!!!They are fabricated in factories under very strict and hygienic conditions
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