LET’S TALK ABOUT THOSE DENTAL MYTHS, WIVES’ TALES, AND RUMOURS YOU’VE MOST DEFINITELY HEARD OVER THE YEARS
At Landmark Dental, we are strong believers in patient education. We do our very best to steer you clear of all the oral health misconceptions and give you the ‘tooth’ on how to keep your smile healthy and happy throughout the years.
HERE ARE JUST FIVE OF THE MANY QUESTIONS OUR PATIENTS ASKED US TO DEBUNK.
True or False: If I have adult teeth, I won't be able to get cavities. | False. As long as you have your natural teeth, you are susceptible to cavities, which can lead to decay and tooth loss. When a person’s oral hygiene is lacking and dental plaque is left to build on tooth surfaces; dental decay becomes a real risk. Just because the tooth fairy no longer visits you does not mean that you’re not at risk. Seeing your dentist for regular cleanings and exams is essential at all ages – as decay has no age limits and can wreck an old, or young, smile.
True or False: Pain relievers will cure a toothache | False. This is a temporary solution to discomfort. Pain relievers send a message to the brain to ignore the pain. The problem will remain until you go to your dentist and have it assessed and treated. Dental health is something that you don’t want to set aside.
True or False: The more you brush, the better your teeth become | False. This is perhaps one of the most common myths that millions of people all around the world believe in. Many get fixated on the idea that the more you do something, the better off you'll be; however, excessive brushing does more harm than good. Every time you brush, the outermost layer of your teeth (the enamel) is also being brushed away. Enamel is a protective covering that fights tooth decay. You can actually make use of mouthwash that contains enamel to help build it up. Brushing two to three times a day should be enough, but if you want to protect your teeth, floss everyday as well, and try to rinse out your mouth with water every few hours or anytime you put any food in your mouth.
True or False: If I avoid the sweets, my teeth will be healthy | False. Sugar gets a bad rap! While it is true that sugary treats will make you more susceptible to cavities and decay due to the starch and carbohydrates it contains, it is not the only culprit. Aside from sweets, there’s a whole list of foods that can cause problems in your teeth. Any food that you take in your mouth will have some particles or fragments left. Later on, they will turn into acid. Acid will become the breeding ground of bacteria in your mouth and there will be the problem. It is important that you brush your teeth 20-30 minutes after meal and take care of your mouth and your dental nutrition. If you can’t brush your teeth, just gargle with clean water to remove the food particles.
True or False: Poor oral health can be a sign of something more going on | True. When people talk about oral health, they always think of their teeth. While the teeth are a major element of oral health, all other areas in your mouth should also be given importance. Furthermore, problems in your teeth don’t just stay in your mouth. You may not know it but it can actually cause more complicated issues. Many studies have showed relationship between poor dental health and heart problems, diabetes, certain cancers, and more.