The 9 Most Common Dental Myths
The internet has made it easy for false news about dental myths to spread far and wide, making it hard for community members to know what’s true and what’s false when it comes to their oral health.
In this article, the team at River City Dental, will be debunking 9 of the most common dental myths and telling you the true facts instead.
Dental Myths #1: Baby teeth don’t last forever, so there’s no need to go to the dentist if they have issues.
Baby teeth may fall out, but as your dentist Indooroopilly will tell you, it is important for several reasons that they are looked after properly and receive any necessary treatments as your child grows up..
Firstly, even though they are baby teeth, your child can be impacted by problems with their teeth and gums in the same way as adults.
Secondly, baby teeth do not always develop in a healthy manner, which can result in complications as your child gets older. There are issues such as ‘shark teeth’, cavities, missing teeth and other concerns that can affect a child’s overall health and wellbeing.
There are also many risks that a child faces to their oral health, such as poor dental hygiene habits, an appetite for sweet foods, thumb sucking and injuries through play.
Most importantly, healthy, and correctly positioned baby teeth play a key role in guiding adult teeth into the correct position, as seen every day by our dentist.
Dental Myths #2: It’s safe to wait until an issue arises before I go to the dentist
This myth is less common than you might think. Most people are diligent when it comes to protecting their oral health by regularly visiting a dental professional. Those who are not often most inspired by a desire to save money, rather than a genuine belief that going to the dental professional is unnecessary.
Fortunately, the best dental specialist offer flexible payment options and collaborate with leading health funds to make the experience as affordable as possible. Furthermore, avoiding dental treatment can end up costing more, because it often results in issues going undetected and resulting in more costly treatments, such as root canals down the track.
This myth fails to acknowledge the role your Indooroopilly dentist can play in preventing more serious issues. Your local dentist will have numerous preventative dentistry measures at their disposal, including mouthguards and fissure sealants. By performing a clean, your dentist will also remove plaque and tartar to help prevent tooth decay and cavities.
Dental Myths #3: Brushing your teeth hard with a hard-bristled toothbrush is best.
Brushing too hard can wear away at the gum that meets the teeth. The gumline is one of the most important areas to brush, as it is in the slight groove or pocket here that plaque often builds up and results in gum decay. As the gum recedes from overly vigorous brushing, it won’t grow back again, and this can expose areas of the tooth that are not protected by enamel, increasing vulnerability to decay, and making your teeth more sensitive to hot and cold.
Brushing too hard can also wear away at enamel and does a poorer job of removing plaque than we often realise. Rather than brushing hard, it is essential to brush well with a soft toothbrush in a circular motion, ensuring to cover all areas of the mouth including your tongue. It is also worth noting here that everyone’s teeth and gums are slightly different, and only your dentist can provide specialised advice on the best techniques and equipment for you to use.
Dental Myths #4: Sugar free drinks are better for your teeth
This myth is founded on a fact. It is true that sugary drinks and foods feed bacteria in the mouth, which then eat away at the tooth enamel and cause decay Then It does this through an acidic-like action of gradually wearing away, which can expose the differently coloured material underneath, and result in staining through tooth decay.
However, diet soft drinks are not always better. This is because they contain a high amount of acid, which similarly eats away at the teeth and can discolour them. It is worth considering how you drink these drinks (e.g. through a straw), when you drink them, and the quantities you consume.
Also note that juices can contain high amounts of sugar and acid, even if they say “no sugar added”. It pays to carefully observe the nutritional information of any potentially sugary foods. It can be the unexpected items that surprise you!
Dental Myths #5: The health of your mouth is separate to your overall health.
It is easy enough to see why people may believe this myth. However, it is not the case. The mouth is a canary in a goldmine, to use the old analogy. If your mouth is unwell, that can often point to other areas of your body having issues.
For example, it is possible that the tooth pain that you report to your dentist is not actually originating in the mouth, but due to a problem with a sinus infection or TMJ disorder. It is also possible that your mouth will show signs of deteriorating oral health which may be caused by diabetes, cancer, osteoporosis, Alzheimer’s disease, and other diseases.
The connection can also go the other way. It is possible that your oral health conditions will have an adverse effect on your overall health. While the cause-effect relationship is not always clear, deteriorating oral health may be linked to conditions such as endocarditis, cardiovascular disease, and pneumonia.
Your dentist will be able to advise if your oral health poses a risk to your overall health. They will also be able to explain whether your oral health indicates any potential problems that go beyond the teeth and gums, and refer you to an appropriate specialist.
Dental Myths #6: You can safely and effectively whiten your teeth at home
There are vested interests that keep this myth going. Over recent years, many dubious DIY tooth whitening products have appeared on the market. As your dentist has observed over time, these products may not be as effective, any effectiveness they do have is short lived, and they sometimes may actively make your oral health worse over time.
While there are some products that are available to the general public that are not harmful and may make minor improvements, it is often the case that people are looking for a more significant improvement than DIY teeth whitening treatments can possibly offer. Using these treatments without proper supervision by a trained professional, can potentially cause dental issues that may make your teeth worse than before the treatment.
Professional teeth whitening at your dentist is the most safe and effective method for improving the appearance of your teeth. It can be completed conveniently within a single appointment. You will have the confidence that you are using an approved product, and that you aren’t risking your dental health.
Dental Myths #7: If you lose a tooth, you must live without that tooth for ever.
Many people are unaware of the dental treatments that are available to restore teeth. Never having investigated it before, when a person unexpectedly loses a tooth, they can sometimes feel hopeless and like there is no possible solution. While no one spreads the myth that you cannot replace teeth, it is easy for people to believe it due a lack of thorough research and public awareness.
Missing a tooth can have serious impacts on self-confidence, gum health, tooth alignment, chewing, speaking,and smiling.
One reason for the lack of awareness is because of how effective and amazing a dental implant can be in restoring the life-like appearance of original teeth. In most cases, you wouldn’t notice if someone has a dental implant replacing a tooth. Unlike some other dental treatments such as braces, dental implants are unseen in the mouth once covered by a crown, making them a popular choice of cosmetic dentistry and a miracle of modern medicine.
Dental implants at your dentist are a screw-like structure that is surgically implanted into your gum and jawbone in the area where the tooth has gone missing. It is necessary for the implant to be allowed time to form a solid foundation. Subsequently, a permanent crown is bonded over the implant. This allows the client to chew, smile and live just like they did before the lost tooth.
Myth #8: Orthodontic treatments are only for children and teenagers.
Braces are the best-known orthodontic treatment. When orthodontic treatment or teeth straightening comes up, many people think of braces first. Braces are often associated with children and teenagers. Braces are a perfectly effective solution even for adults; it is just that some adults would prefer not to wear braces, because of their work or because of how they think it may affect their self-confidence.
Fortunately, your dental specialist, emergency dentist is able to offer Suresmile aligners, a type of clear aligner that works as an orthodontic treatment to straighten your teeth. If you suffer from misaligned teeth that overlap or gaps between your teeth as an adult, then clear aligners may be the right solution for you to create your ideal smile.
Adults often prefer clear aligners because they are invisible and allow a person to get on with their day to day lives without any visual impacton their smile. The trays can also be removed, allowing more effective teeth cleaning, and meaning a person can continue eating the foods that they desire, rather than avoiding chewy or hard foods that must be avoided with traditional braces.
A trip to your dental practitioner to get Suresmile Aligners is straightforward. Your dentist will take a 3D model of your teeth, then the expertise of a trained specialist and the precision of state-of-the-art dentistry technology will combine to form a treatment plan with clear aligners. You will gradually progress through a series of aligners and in time, your smile will be as straight as you have always wanted.
Myth #9: It’s possible to tell when I have an issue with my teeth, such as a cavity.
If only this were true! People may assume this is true because they do occasionally notice a problem on their own accord. For example, they may notice a dark spot on a tooth, a wobbly tooth, or a toothache. Just because we sometimes notice dental issues it doesn’t mean that we can always notice them, even if we are paying close attention. It often takes the trained eye of a dentist or an X-ray to notice these hard-to-spot issues.
Unfortunately, it is often not until too late that we realise we have an issue with our teeth. Cavities or caries as they are also known can be insidious, affecting our oral health before we even realise. In time, they may result in pain, but by that point in time they may be more advanced and will require more invasive dental treatments.
For this reason, it’s best to regularly go to the dentist so you can have any issues with your oral health detected before they become worse.
Dental care you can trust
Making sure that you have a grasp on the facts when making any dental decisions, or when establishing your oral hygiene routine and nutritional habits, is essential. These are just nine dental myths commonly held by people.
The best method is to rely on a dentist who can clearly explain all the facts about general dentistry and cosmetic dentistry treatments, in a transparent and open manner. River City Dental is the most trusted emergency dental professional in the Indooroopilly, Brisbane and surrounding regions when it comes to easy-to-understand and research-informed dentistry.
Contact us on (07) 3667 9595 or firstname.lastname@example.org to book an appointment today.
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