Common Dental Myths And Facts
Dental Myth: Only the sugar in sweets and desserts are bad for teeth.
Dental Fact: Many foods have natural sugars in them. Both natural and processed sugars can cause tooth decay if they stay on teeth. It is important to limit the amount of sweets you consume and to brush and floss twice a day.
Dental Myth: There is nothing that I can do to help myself overcome my fear.
Dental Fact: There are loads of things that you can do to help yourself visit the dentist and overcome your fear! There are lots of practical methods and techniques that can be used to help you
Dental Myth: Everybody needs false teeth or dentures when they get older.
Dental Fact: Improvements in dental care allow more and more people to keep their teeth throughout their lives. With daily brushing, flossing and regular professional dental cleanings, examinations and treatment, it is reasonable to have your natural teeth throughout your life.
Dental Myth: Going to the dentist and having an injection into my gum will be excruciatingly painful.
Dental Fact: This is not always the case. Often patients can take painkillers to take away the pain, as well as this, dentists can use distraction techniques to try to take their patients minds away from what is happening. Modern advances in technology mean that there are new ways to make painless injections into the gums, the most common of these is the wand.
Dental Myth: Brushing with salt will whiten teeth.
Dental Fact: Brushing with salt will not whiten teeth. It will cut the gums and rub away the outer layer of the tooth because it is so abrasive. Your teeth may look whiter, but they will be damaged and are likely to need repair.
Dental Myth: As long as my teeth seem okay, and I'm not experiencing any problems, I don't need to visit the dentist.
Dental Fact: Regular check ups at the dentist are extremely important. You may think that your teeth are fine, but a visit to the dentist to make sure is always advisable. If you do find that you need treatment, it is much easier, less painful to treat early. Leaving it could result in having much more lengthy and expensive surgery.
Dental Myth: All wisdom teeth need to be extracted.
Dental Fact: Wisdom teeth need to be extracted when there are issues with the teeth. Often a wisdom tooth needs to be extracted because the tooth is impacted, infected, has a cavity or decay, or there is not room for the tooth in the jaw bone.
Dental Myth: Dental problems go away without any visiting the dentist
Dental Fact: This is simply not the case. If you experience a problem with your oral health, leaving it alone and taking pain killers will not help. You should visit your dentist and get to the bottom of the problem. Leaving it alone will mean that it only gets worse, and you may be forced to undergo much more lengthy, painful and expensive treatment than you would have if you had seen your dentist straight away.
Dental Myth: When your gums bleed, it is best not to brush or floss your teeth.
Dental Fact: Gingivitis or bleeding gums are a sign that your gums are not healthy. Inflammation of the gums occurs from plaque and debris accumulating around the teeth, especially in the pocket or sulcus of gum tissue around the tooth. When the pocket is clean and there is no plaque around the teeth, the gum tissue will start to heal and stop bleeding. Daily brushing and flossing in conjunction with professional dental cleanings and examinations will keep your gum tissue healthy and prevent bleeding.
Dental Myth: Tooth-colored fillings, veneers and crowns will get lighter with teeth bleaching.
Dental Fact: Teeth whitening only affects natural tooth structure. Any tooth-coloured filling materials, veneers, crowns, bridges and partials will not change colour with tooth whitening or tooth bleaching.
Dental Myth: During pregnancy, all dental procedures must be avoided.
Dental Fact: Professional dental cleanings can be performed at any point during pregnancy. However, routine x-rays should be avoided. Emergency dental care can be performed at any time with physician clearance.
Dental Myth: My parents did not have any cavities or dental problems, so I will not either.
Dental Fact: Genetics plays a small role in dental health. The main component in predicting dental health is the level of oral hygiene that a patient has. Brushing twice a day and flossing once a day, along with regular dental visits, will help keep your teeth and gums healthy.