December 17, 2017
A great many people avoid going to the dentist due to fear and anxiety, often due to past experiences or horror stories they have heard from friends and relatives. Here we bust some of the most common myths in dentistry and present to you the true facts of the matter.
Myth 1: Removing teeth, especially upper teeth affects vision or the brain.
Fact: There is no direct connection between the nerves supplying the eyes or brain and those supplying the teeth. Removing a tooth does not cause eye trouble or brain damage. Ask yourself, how many people have you actually MET who've had eye issues after extraction?
Myth 2: Regular cleaning of teeth weakens the tooth/enamel
Fact: Regular professional cleaning is what keeps your teeth healthy and in good condition. Plaque and calculus build up, which is usually painless, is the root cause of teeth becoming mobile and having to be removed. If you have not got a professional cleaning done for a long time, the sizeable calculus accumulation will lead to gum infection and bone loss.
Myth 3: Children's teeth don't need to be treated since they will fall out anyway
Fact: Maintaining proper oral hygiene for milk teeth is essential for the healthy eruption of permanent teeth. It's also a good idea to teach your child good oral hygiene practices so they hold her in good stead later in life. It is recommended that a child have her first dental visit by age one to be examined and recieve professional advice on how to care for the baby teeth.
Myth 4: The harder you brush, the cleaner your teeth will be
Fact: Overbrushing can lead to wearing out of the teeth at the gumline, leading to an unpleasant sharp stinging sensation, especially when having cold and sour food or drinks. Overbrushing generally occurs in two ways: either using too much force while brushing, or brushing for too long. A gentle up-and-down brushing motion is best, and two to three minutes is sufficient.
Myth 5: All dental treatment is to be avoided during pregnancy
Fact: Although surgeries are best avoided, regular cleaning and filling procedures can be done during the 2nd trimester of pregnancy. Elevated progesterone levels during pregnancy cause a woman's gums to become red, tender and swollen and bleed easily. Changed eating habits may mean more risk of cavities. A routine examination around the 4th month of pregnancy is recommended to ensure the mouth remains healthy all through pregnancy.
Myth 6: Brushing just before I visit the dentist will hide the fact that I have not been brushing regularly
Fact: If you have not been maintaining good oral hygeine practices, your dentist will be able to spot it at once. The red spongy gums and/or cavities will be a dead giveaway. That said, it's a courtesy to your dentist to brush before your dental appointment.
Myth 7: You will lose teeth as you grow older
Fact: Advances in dental technologies and materials are ensuring that your teeth will last you a lifetime. Also,the growing awareness about dental hygiene is making people take better care of their teeth. Your teeth are designed to last as long as you do!
Myth 8: Flossing is harmful
Fact: On the contrary, flossing is the best thing you can do for your teeth, since it cleans those areas that your brush cannot reach. Be gentle with the flossing - always look in a mirror while flossing to make sure you are doing it right, and ensure that the gums don't bleed.
Myth 9: I am not in any pain, so I don't need to visit the dentist
Fact: This is probably the single biggest dental lie out there - even if you have dental issues, they will not always manifest as pain. Initial dental caries or gum disease is unlikely to hurt, but a regular 6-monthly visit to the dentist will enable him to spot the issues and nip the problem in the bud.
Myth 10: Root canals are painful and take multiple sittings.
Fact: Due to technological advances,most root canal treatments can now be completed in a single, painless visit.
You can always ask your dentist for local anesthesia if you're expereincing discomfort during the procedure or feeling anxious about experiencing pain.
Dental myths may prevent a person from taking proper care of their teeth, in turn leading to bigger dental problems. Visiting your family dentist twice a year will ensure that your teeth are well taken care of. Talk to your dentist about any concerns you may have or myths you’ve heard so he can clear them up for you.
Wishing all the readers of daijiworld a merry Christmas and a happy and healthy 2018!
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