How many of you heard the story of tooth fairy as a kid and actually put your baby tooth under the pillow so she can come and collect it while you are sleeping? I’m sure most of you did. Well, like kids have their fair share of tooth fairies and Santa Clauses, adults have their version of fables too. We call them myths.
In this article we are going to debunk some of the most common dental myths that might be affecting your oral health.
Myth 1: “I’m too old to get braces”
If you are thinking you have missed out on the chance to straighten your teeth or jawline, you’d be happy to know you are wrong. Yes, braces are popularly placed on growing children to provide maximum results, as their bones are still growing, therefore teeth can be moved more easily, however you can wear braces at absolutely any age and the age won’t matter. The only difference is that they might take a little more time but will surely produce a perfect set of straight and aligned teeth.
So, if braces sound like something you could need, talk to your dentist to discuss your options. At Ace Dental, we have an expert team of dentists who can make your orthodontic experience as beautiful as your smile is going to be after your teeth gets fixed.
Myth 2: The more you brush, the brighter smile you get
We understand where you are coming from when you tell us, you brush your teeth after every meal so your teeth gets shinier and brighter. Seems reasonable, toothpaste ought to clean the dirt and germs and make our teeth healthy and strong, so why not use it as many times as we can, right? Wrong!
Overzealous brushing is just as bad as not brushing at all. Contrary to popular belief, it will not make your teeth look shinier; rather it destroys gums and tooth enamel, which can lead to tooth sensitivity, not to mention other complications. It is recommended that you brush twice daily for two minutes at a time.
Myth 3: Teeth Whitening will damage your Teeth
Teeth whitening is a common cosmetic dental procedure and is conducted in a variety of ways; sometimes by dentists and hygienist in their clinics and often at home with the help of over the counter kits. A common misconception among the masses is that teeth whitening will damage the enamel layer of the tooth exposing it to further dental problems.
When in reality teeth whitening is an extremely safe procedure with no such outcomes if done correctly. If you are applying the product by yourself make sure you don’t apply it for too long and that the nature of the substance is not too acidic.
Myth 4: Avoid dental procedures during pregnancy
Everyone, especially pregnant women, should visit the dentist. If you’re pregnant, you are more vulnerable to the risk of gum disease and other oral health issues. So, visiting your dentist for regular cleanings, exams and any other treatment is necessary. Skimping on dental care could affect your pregnancy, as well as your dental health.
For dental procedures like dental x-rays, or those which involve using anaesthesia, we recommend you consult with your dentist and postpone it until the second trimester.
Myth 5: Knocked-out teeth are no-gos
Tripped over while walking absentmindedly and now the tooth broke free of your mouth, pointing and laughing at you devilishly from the ground? Don’t accept defeat so easily, you can reimplant a knocked out tooth now. The ligaments connecting the tooth to the bone can be reformed but that is if the conditions are right.
So, if you happen to knock out a tooth, rinse it with clean water carefully, try and place it back into the socket or store it in a container of milk. If there’s no milk, simply place it in your cheek – remember to keep it moist all the time. And of course you need to get to a dentist fast.
Myth 6: I see no problem, I see no dentist
It’s not a valid reason to skip seeing your dentist for your regular dental assessment just because your naked eye cannot see any visible problems. In many cases, only professionally trained dentists can identify oral problems and it’s always best to start necessary treatment in the earliest stage possible for the sake of your health and wallet. Seeing your dentist every six months is as essential as is putting your car in for scheduled maintenance services.
It’s important to identify the myths and know the facts as not always they are just innocent statements but harmful to your oral health too. So, do your research before believing in just everything and if necessary, talk to your dentist to confirm your oral care routine.