9 Common Misconceptions about Dentistry
9 Common Misconceptions about Dentistry
There are several misconceptions about the causes of dental disease. Some of these are anecdotal; on the other hand, some misconceptions are based on wrong assumptions about the condition and its relation to disease.
Some of these misconceptions may have severe consequences if they lead to a person not seeking proper dental care when needed.
Here are some common oral health myths.
1. DENTAL HEALTH IMPACTS ONLY THE MOUTH
Perhaps the biggest misconception about dental health is that the teeth and gums’ impact io diseases are limited to just the teeth and gums.
Digestion begins in the mouth with the chewing of food. You need a healthy mouth with healthy teeth and gums for the good overall health of the body.
For everybody, their teeth hold incredible importance in their appearance, effective speech, and eating. Without good dental health, we are, in fact, handicapped.
Oral disease can and will impact the overall health of the body.
2. THE ONLY GOAL OF BRUSHING YOUR TEETH IS TO REMOVE FOOD PARTICLES IN THE MOUTH
Removing food debris left in the mouth is definitely a reason to brush your teeth. There are other equally essential reasons; eliminating plaque and tartar is an equally important reason. Finally, regular brushing with a good toothbrush is also good for the gums.
3. WHAT IS THE NEED TO FLOSS?
Brushing your teeth does clean your teeth, but it does only two-thirds of the job; a critical one-third of the job related to cleaning the space between the teeth remains incomplete. This inter-dental space is an area that a toothbrush cannot reach into. Cleaning the inter-dental space is accomplished only with flossing.
Neglecting to floss regularly every night may lead to cavities that are discoverable only with dental x-rays because they are between the teeth and invisible to the naked eye.
4. CAVITIES ARE THE BIGGEST REASON FOR TOOTH LOSS
While cavities can definitely be a reason for tooth loss, this is far from the only cause for tooth loss. Tooth loss generally happens on account of 7 factors.
- Periodontal of Gum disease
- Physical trauma – accident or injury
- Other conditions like – Diabetes, Arthritis, and Hypertension
- Poor habits like – Smoking, chewing tobacco
- Poor Nutrition
- Never getting professional dental care
All of these conditions have the potential to weaken the gums and lead to tooth loss.
5. POOR BRUSHING OF TEETH ALONE CAUSES BAD BREATH
Regular brushing of your teeth and flossing alone cannot fix halitosis or bad breath.
Halitosis is generally a symptom of larger dental problems like periodontal disease. Poor oral hygiene routines do lead to the buildup of plaque on teeth. This plaque causes a bacterial film to form between teeth promoting bacterial growth, around the gums, and on the tongue. These bacteria irritate the gums, causing bad breath.
Some of the other reasons for bad breath include poorly fitted dental appliances, yeast infections of the mouth, and cavities.
Several diseases could also cause bad breath. Some of these are infections like pneumonia or bronchitis, chronic sinus infections, postnasal drip, diabetes, chronic acid reflux, and liver or kidney problems.
Bad breath could also be the side effect of certain medications.
Dental treatment that addresses the underlying causes of bad breath is the appropriate treatment for halitosis. Antibacterial mouth rinses also can help reduce bacteria. The effect of antibacterial rinses is, however, temporary.
6. GUMS BLEEDING IS NORMAL
Bleeding gums is certainly not normal. This could be a sign of the onset of periodontal disease.
The principal cause of bleeding gums is on account of the buildup of plaque on the gum line. This plaque formation leads to the gum disease known as gingivitis or inflamed gums.
Plaque that does not get treated right away will harden into tartar. This condition can lead to increased bleeding from the gums and the condition known as periodontitis.
However, plaque and tartar are not the only causes of bleeding gums. Some of the other causes of bleeding gums include:
- Aggressive brushing of the teeth
- Poorly fitted dental appliances
- Poor flossing technique
- Infection in a tooth or gums
- Use of medicines like blood thinners
- A vitamin C deficiency
- A vitamin K deficiency
Better oral care leads to better-looking teeth and gums, as well as a healthy body. Our dental team at Orion Dental will help you achieve that bright, healthy smile. We are available to answer your questions. Please call us in Milton: 905-636-9770 or Scarborough: 416-291-0306.
7. SCALING AND POLISHING WILL ABRADE YOUR TEETH
Aggressive scaling, like any other excess, is bad for you.
Dental scaling and polishing scheduled at the right intervals will not cause any damage to your teeth. This interval is generally recommended at six months apart.
If a patient is in danger of gum disease, the dentist may recommend a visit and dental cleaning frequency every 3-4 months.
8. A VISIT TO THE DENTIST IS TO INVITE PAIN
Dental phobia is a real thing. A large number of people are afraid of visiting the dental office. The associate a visit to the dentist with pain.
While historically, this may have been partially true, treatment techniques have come a long way, and the dentist can generally do procedures such as scaling, polishing, and tooth fillings without the need for anesthesia.
Although there might be some discomfort, generally, the procedures are well-tolerated. Anesthesia, including Nitrous Oxide, now makes it easy for patients worried about anesthesia to deal with dental procedures like gum surgery or tooth extraction.
9. DENTAL TREATMENT IS VERY EXPENSIVE
Dental treatment can generally be expensive if the oral disease is allowed to take root without adequate early treatment or if that person didn’t follow proper oral health routine habits for an extended period. This is equally true for any other health condition that is left untreated.
Some patients choose not to go to the dentist unless they have a problem. In reality, the most effective dental care is sticking to a routine of twice a year dental appointments. This routine can help save you both from experiencing the pain of acute dental disease, as well as from the cost of incurring extensive treatment.
Maintaining an oral health routine of brushing and flossing daily is only a part of what it takes to keep your smile bright and healthy. You need to ensure that you’re using a proper brushing and flossing technique. You need to eat a well-balanced diet packed with vegetables and fruits. And last but not least, you should see your dentist every six months.
We welcome new patients at our Orion dental offices in Scarborough and Milton, Ontario. Call to schedule an appointment today. Scarborough: 416-291-0306 and Milton: 905-636-9770.