Dental care is an essential aspect of everyone’s lifestyle. While it is something that we all must include in our daily lifestyle, there are still a lot of myths surrounding dental treatments. Poor dental care leads to tooth loss and cavities. Yet, only a few people seem to understand dental care clearly. The following are the most common myths that dental patients share. Read on to know how to bust these myths and how to maintain good oral health.
1. Eating sugary foods causes cavities.
Another common myth is that eating too many sugary foods like candies, sugary beverages, chocolates, etc. is the only reason for cavities. However, sugar alone is not responsible for causing cavities in the teeth. The real reason is the bacteria that feed on the sugar. Overeating sugar and not managing the deposited plaque on your teeth, allows this bacteria to multiply inside your mouth. Gradually, this bacteria leads to tooth decay. Therefore avoiding sugary foods alone will not prevent tooth decay and cavities. You have to make sure that your mouth stays clean and that you remove plaque regularly so that bacteria do not grow in your mouth. The best way to remove plaque and get rid of bacteria is by regular brushing, flossing, and using mouthwash.
2. You cannot get cavities over a crown or a filling.
This myth originates from the reasoning that crown and filling is the treatment to fill the cavity that affected the tooth. However, that does not guarantee that further cavity will not develop on or around the crown or filling. You can still get tooth decay under a crown or around a filling. Therefore, the treated teeth need to be regularly checked. So, you should ensure that you clean around the filled tooth. Flossing is, therefore, important in addition to brushing because you can clean the corners and the spaces between the teeth. In addition to cleaning the teeth, you need to take care of your gums too. Your gum line protects the roots of your teeth and to keep your teeth healthy, the roots of your teeth should be healthy also.
3. You should take children to the dentist only after they turn three years of age.
For some reason, it is a prevalent myth that you should only take children to the dentist after they turn three years. The possible reasoning behind this myth comes from the fact that most children develop their full set of baby teeth by age three. However, the first set of baby teeth start developing since the period of 6 to 12 months in children. As soon as your child’s first tooth appears, you should take your child to the dentist. You must do this because children at such an early age cannot tell you when their teeth hurt. The infants usually indicate their oral discomfort by crying or by refusing to eat because their teeth might be developing incorrectly, or they might have damaged gums or teeth. Since they cannot verbalize their pain, their dental problems go unnoticed, which later on can hamper the healthy development of your child’s teeth.
Moreover, making your children familiar with the dental visits early on in their life will help them develop a positive experience about oral health, and they will be less likely to develop any fear regarding dental visits. Children should have a dental check-up every six months after their first visit is complete. The dentist can identify any potential problems in advance. Therefore, regular visits to the dentist for your child is a good practice as although baby teeth are not permanent, any issues with baby teeth could cause damage to permanent teeth.
With advancements in science, complete mobile dentistry technology has busted a myth about dental clinics that they are not mobile, and now you can have the Dental Clinic come to you instead! So, those kids who hesitate in visiting the dentist’s clinic would surely love their dentist visit them at their convenience.
4. Your teeth are fine if you do not have any pain, and your teeth are white.
This myth can be very dangerous because not all teeth problems need to accompany pain or discoloration of teeth. Some teeth problems are not visible. Not all tooth issues are visible, and some can occur quite suddenly. Cavities in the sides of your molars and premolars can remain hidden while your teeth stay white. Your back teeth will still have the cavities which remain undetected by the naked eye. Your tooth enamel can become weak, and plaque buildup can start occurring, leading to cavities. Even gum issues may not be obvious many times. Some cavities that occur from root up may not also induce any pain until they become severe.
5. One should brush their teeth every time after eating.
It is a common practice that brushing twice a day keeps your teeth safe from decay. However, some people take this practice to an extreme level by brushing their teeth each time after a meal. Somehow, they confuse brushing with removing food particles from the teeth, whereas brushing is good for plaque removal. Excessive brushing of teeth can lead to erosion of the tooth enamel (also called over-brushing). As your tooth enamel wears down, it becomes more susceptible to tooth decay. Brushing your teeth after eating acidic foods accelerates the wearing down of your tooth enamel. After eating acidic foods like citrus fruits or acidic beverages like fruit juices, wait for at least half an hour before brushing your teeth. The best practice to protect your teeth by brushing is brushing your teeth twice a day, i.e., once at the start of the day and another at the end of the day. Another brushing related myth is that brushing with hard bristles is more effective in removing plaque from the teeth. On the contrary, hard bristles can cause tooth enamel to wear down. Use soft or medium bristled brush to run over your teeth to clean your teeth.
Dental health is not always correctly understood. Also, dental health keeps changing as technology updates itself. Your oral health is paramount to maintain your overall health. So take good care of your teeth to preserve your teeth.