You’ve probably heard “if you hear something said enough, you start to believe it.” The obvious problem is that quite often what we hear is NOT true but we still believe it.
Like everything else, dental advice can be chock full of wrong information. Here are a few dental myths that we hope to bust for you right here right now:
Myth 1: The more you brush the healthier your teeth will be
Over-brushing can wear teeth down due to the abrasive property of toothpaste. In between the twice-a-day brushing regimen, rinsing after eating and chewing sugar free gum are good ways to avoid plaque buildup.
Myth 2: If your gums are bleeding, don’t brush and floss
Regular brushing and flossing is needed to remove plaque build-up which causes gum bleeding. Bleeding is a sign that something somewhere is not right. Professional dental cleaning may be required if the bleeding persists but in the meantime, continue to brush and floss.
Myth 3: Dental X-rays are unnecessary
It is necessary to have dental X-rays to detect decay and other problems. X-rays should not be feared because the radiation dose is very small especially when dentists use digital radiography.
Myth 4: Teeth whitening is harmful and damages teeth
Teeth whitening done professionally will cause no damage to the teeth enamel but it may cause teeth temporary sensitivity and gum redness.
Myth 5: Dental treatment should be avoided during pregnancy
A dental check-up is recommended during pregnancy and regular procedures like cleaning and fillings are fine. Local anesthetics and X-rays are okay although they should be done only when necessary. Don’t forget to tell your dentist that you’re pregnant because some dental treatments like amalgam removal and taking antibiotics should be avoided entirely during pregnancy.
Myth 6: Women lose a tooth for each child they have given birth to
Hormonal changes while pregnant can exaggerate bacteria in the mouth that can cause bleeding gums or gingivitis, but tooth loss is unlikely with a thorough and regular cleaning regimen.
Myth 7: You always know when you have a cavity
While it is true that cavities are often painful, it’s also true that sometimes you don’t feel any pain at all. Taking care of cavities is not only about alleviating pain, it’s also about preventing further decay which can lead to bigger problems or even extraction.
These are just a few of the dental myths that you may have heard but there are many more in circulation. Please stay tuned to our blog as we continue to correct wrong dental information that can cause you, your family and friends unnecessary future complications.