Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Popular Dental Myths

We’re setting the record straight on these popular dental myths.

My teeth are fine. I do not need to visit the dentist.
MYTH! No matter the condition of your mouth, visit your dentist at least 2x per year. Did you know 90% of dental problems occur without any symptoms? By visiting your dentist regularly, any issues can be found before they become serious.

My parents have great dental health, so I will too!
MYTH! This statement is somewhat true, but not completely. While genetics does help with good dental health, you must brush and floss daily to maintain good dental health. Visit your dentist regularly for good long-term dental health.

It is not important to take care of my child’s baby teeth. They will eventually fall out and be replaced by permanent teeth.
MYTH! Baby teeth can remain until 13 years of age. Neglecting the baby teeth will cause loss of the teeth before the proper time. This causes problems with a child’s bite, speech, and development of permanent teeth.

If my gums bleed, I should stop brushing my teeth.
MYTH! Your gums are bleeding for attention! The bleeding is caused by bacterial plaque and food debris not being removed. Thoroughly and gently brush and floss your gums 2x per day. Visit your dentist immediately if the bleeding continues after 4 to 5 days.

Bleaching ("whitening") my teeth will damage my enamel.
MYTH! Today’s bleaching materials, over-the-counter or from the dental office, will not damage your enamel. Keep in mind, teeth whitening products are not recommended for sensitive teeth, exposed roots, unfilled cavities, broken fillings, those under 21, and pregnant or nursing women. Consult with your dentist before beginning any whitening procedure.

Chewing a xylitol sugar-free gum after a meal is the same as brushing.
MYTH! Though chewing xylitol based gums has some dental health benefits, such as increasing saliva flow (which rids teeth of food debris and freshens breath), chewing gum is not a replacement for brushing and flossing your teeth.

Placing an aspirin tablet next to an aching tooth will relieve the pain.
MYTH! This home remedy will lead to a painful chemical burn without any relief to the aching tooth.

I am pregnant and should avoid all dental treatment.
MYTH! A healthy mouth and a healthy mother correlate with a healthy infant. While there are a few dental procedures to avoid during certain times of pregnancies, it is important to attend regular dentist visits and inform your dentist if you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant.


Brushing my teeth more than 1x per day harms my enamel.
MYTH! Most dentists recommend using a soft toothbrush to remove plaque 2x per day. It is best to brush and floss after every meal.

After a cavity is filled, I cannot get another cavity in that tooth.
MYTH! After a tooth has a cavity, it is more likely to get another. Have good oral hygiene to decrease the chance of another cavity.

If my wisdom teeth are not causing any problems, I should keep them.
MYTH! Studies show it is better to remove all wisdom teeth at an early age, even if they are not problematic. This helps avoid gum disease in these areas later in life.

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