Dental Myths

Myths

Facts

  • Milk teeth are not important.
  • Decay in milk teeth can lead to decay in permanent also.
  • My child’s teeth are decaying even though I don’t allow him to eat chocolates.
  • Chocolates, candies and sweet foods are not the only source of sugar. Even nutritious foods contain huge amounts of sugar. So, gargling and after every meal is important.
  • To clean the teeth well one should brush hard.
  • Brushing with a lot of pressure can injure the gums and may not help in keeping the teeth clean. Brushing using the right technique for 2-3 mins with a soft or moderate brush can help in keeping the teeth clean from plaque and tartar.
  • Teeth whitening affects the health of the teeth.
  • Teeth whitening if done using the correct procedure does not harm the enamel of the tooth. It may cause redness of the gums and teeth sensitivity temporarily.
  • If you are not having problems with your teeth, seeing a dentist is not necessary.
  • Dental problems on an initial period do not have symptoms and thus go unnoticed. Seeing a dentist and correcting it earlier can avoid pain, tooth loss and complex dental procedures.
  • Only sugar causes cavities.
  • Cavities occur when bacteria produce acids in our mouth. Sugars, fruits, vegetables, rice and bread all can lead to tooth decay. To reduce chances of tooth decay practice good dental care and also limit the intake of acidic products.
  • Brushing your bleeding gums is bad.
  • One should not brush too hard if they have sensitive gums, instead use a soft toothbrush in case of bleeding gums. Brushing is necessary even if you have bleeding gums, as it is good for your teeth, gums and tongue.
  • Scaling is not good for your teeth.
  • Scaling is beneficial for teeth and gums. One should get professional cleaning done by a dentist with proper ultrasonic scaler. Scaling removes tartar and keeps teeth and gums healthy. Scaling and deep cleaning of gums prevent the problem of bad breath and bleeding gums.
  • Teeth whitening is harmful as it damages the enamel.
  • Teeth whitening works by exfoliating stains from one’s teeth to lighten them and bring back their natural colour. It is the simplest and safest procedure as the product used by dentists is devoid of bleaching agents and chemicals.
  • Using sugarless chewing gum after meal can replace brushing.
  • Nothing can replace proper brushing technique. And in case you want to use sugarless chewing gum do not chew it for more than 10 minutes.
  • Kids get more cavities than adults.
  • It maybe kids or adults, once a tooth is treated the decay stops.
  • Gaps in Teeth Lead to Cavities.
  • No, chips and cracks in teeth lead to cavity.
  • Babies can’t get cavities.
  • Babies can get cavities so you must brush, floss and rinse well to prevent cavities.
  • All fillings will need to be replaced.
  • Fillings do have a life expectancy, but it depends on tooth wear and oral hygiene.
  • Frequent snacking will help produce saliva and prevent cavities.
  • Its chewing and not the snack which prevents cavities by activating the flow of saliva in the mouth. Even drinking water can help prevent cavities.