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Welcome to Common Myths in Dentistry

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

Here are some common myths and the truths behind them

Myth:

Dawa ya meno ni kung’oa tu

Truth:

Uongo

Myth:

Bleeding gums are normal

Truth:

Not true. Bleeding gums are sign of inflammation which arises from infection of gums.

Myth:

Brushing harder cleans better

Truth:

No. Brushing harder could actually damage the teeth. Brushing correctly cleans better.

Myth:

Flossing is not necessary

Truth:

Flossing actually cleans the areas where your brush can never reach.

Myth:

Chewing gum works like brushing

Truth:

Not at all

Myth:

Kids do not need to brush baby teeth

Truth:

Not true

Myth:

Gum disease is only a concern for your mouth

Truth:

No. The bacteria in your mouth could cause a heart problem not to mention that gum disease could worsen in people with diabetes. There is also a link which has been established between gum disease and Alzheimer’s disease.

Myth:

After a decayed tooth is treatedthere will be no more decaying there. 

Truth:

There is no guarantee for this. After the treatment, every tooth must be properly cared about: regularly brushedflossed 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 andpossiblyask for the opinion of several specialists. Sometimeseven totally decayed teeth can be restoredandat the same time, there are situations when even a healthy looking teeth 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 a very minor role in good dental health. 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 hot or cold meals may harm my teeth. 

Truth:

Only regular eating of meals that are too hot or too cold may be harmful to 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. That said, you must be very careful when using toothpicks because they can easily damage the gums and other soft tissues in your mouth.

Myth:

Tooth whitening is harmful as it can damage the enamel.   

Truth:

Modern methods of tooth whiteningincluding laser whitening or Air Flow technique, have minimal harmful effectsNeverthelessone must remember that tooth whitening cannot be recommended to many people, especially for those who have sensitive teethproblematic enamel, underdeveloped tissues, as well as pregnant and nursing women. 

Myth:

There is no need in taking care of my baby’s teeth because in a few years they are all going to fall out. 

Truth:

It must be noted that there was good reason nature gave babies these teeth in the first placeThis mindset is absolutely wrong from a variety of  perspectives. First of allif you don’t take care of premature teeththey may fall out before the expected time and  cause problems with chewing or improper development of your child’s permanent teeth. Besides, it is important to start educating your children to maintain good dental and oral hygiene from an early age. 

Myth:

It is necessary to avoid dental procedures during pregnancy. 

Truth:

Regular dental treatment must not be avoided by pregnant women. For further explanation in, refer to dentistry and pregnancy 

Myth:

Any type of dental treatment is very painful. 

Truth:

Not anymore. Advanced dental technology allows for  dental procedures to be less painful by using anaesthetic agents.

Myth:

Gum treatment weakens teeth.

Truth:

This is not trueIf ananything, gum treatment actually makes the teeth firmerby removing the tartar which contributes to bone lossBut in a situation where there is severe bone loss and mobility of the teeth, it would require the intervention of a periodontist to assess and correct any anomalies present.

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.