Fact: Thanks to the sealants used on kids when they visit their dentists. Most kids today can be protected from cavities. That is why it is important to introduce to kids how to have a good oral hygiene even at such a young age.
Fact: Just because there is no visible problem in your teeth doesn’t mean that is a good idea to skip going to the dentist. There are some dental problems which might appear as a minor one. But they should be treated as early as possible before they become serious. You should also visit your dentist twice a year for dental cleanings and to make sure that your teeth stays healthy.
Fact: While most people think that white teeth looks better, our teeth aren’t supposed to be pure white. You can help keep your teeth as white as possible by regular brushing using toothpaste with fluoride as well as regular flossing. Also, as much as possible, avoid food and drinks that can stain teeth such as coffee, tea or red wine.
Fact: Certain dental procedures such as X-rays and dental surgeries must be avoided. However, professional dental cleanings can be performed at any point during pregnancy as it is still part of regular oral hygiene especially for pregnant women.
Fact: The truth is, the acid produced by the bacteria in the mouth, caused cavities. However, the bacteria that produce acids are triggered when you eat anything carbohydrates- and sugar is a carb. It is also important to know that it is not the amount of carbs you eat that causes tooth decay. In fact, it is the length of time your teeth are exposed to carbs which makes your tooth decay.
Fact: Composite fillings or amalgam needs to be replaced once it breaks down, tooth fractures or cavities form around it. That is why it is still important to make your tooth healthy by regular brushing and flossing as well as professional dental cleanings. If none of the said problems occur, your fillings may last longer.
Fact: This is a home remedy dental myth that you shouldn’t do. Putting an aspirin tablet beside the tooth can actually harm your soft tissues, and can lead to a painful chemical burns. The right thing to do is to swallow the aspirin. This is what helps reduce toothache pain.
Fact: Genetics may play a small role in determining the dental health. However, it is mostly up to you to take good care of your gums and teeth to keep them healthy. The level of oral hygiene the patient has is still the main component of predicting oral health and not solely on genetics.
Fact: Cavities in the child’s baby teeth can affect the development of the permanent teeth and can cause problems with their bite. That is why it is improper to neglect the child’s oral hygiene for it will affect the overall teeth development in the future. Brush your child’s baby teeth daily and floss regularly. It is important to establish good habits early in life.
Fact: Often, wisdom teeth need to be extracted if the tooth is impacted, has a cavity or decay, infected or there is not enough space for the tooth in the jaw bone. But if none of these problems occur, wisdom teeth doesn’t need to be extracted at all.
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