Misconceptions and unfounded rumours do no favours to your health. And in no domain of health are they more prevalent than dental care. Here myths outnumber facts, and dentists are ardently trying to disseminate awareness to promote good oral hygiene. To help them, we will discuss some widely believed myths that keep your oral health imprisoned.
Myth 1: The more force you apply while brushing, the cleaner your teeth become
Actually, if you apply a lot of pressure on your teeth when you brush, you will end up abrading your teeth. The enamel will eventually wear away and trigger sensitivity. Brushing gently, using the right techniques will keep your teeth and gums clean.
Myth 2: Wearing braces hurt a lot
People think the process through which dentists attach braces to their teeth is painful. In reality, dentists don’t even use anaesthesia because the procedure is performed on the outer surface of the teeth where there are no nerve endings. No nerve endings, no pain!
Myth 3: Oral care does not apply to infants
Just because infants do not eat solid foods, it does not mean that harmful bacteria do not develop in their mouths. After feeding a baby, clean out the inside of his/her mouth with a soft, damp and clean cloth to remove traces of milk.
Myth 4: Flossing is inconsequential
Flossing should be a part of your regular dental care routine for good oral hygiene, because the threads of dental floss reach those nooks and crannies that the toothbrush bristles don’t, and clear out the particles of food lodged in there.
Myth 5: Wisdom tooth extraction causes brain damage
Wisdom teeth can keep you up at nights owing to the pain and discomfort. And the only way to deal with them is to pull them out. There is no scientific evidence that extracting them causes any damage to the brain. This is just another baseless myth.
Myth 6: Tooth extraction from upper jaw causes eye damage
As unsubstantiated as the wisdom tooth myth, because the nerves that reach the eyes are a different set and far removed from the ones attached to your teeth. So there is simply no link between the teeth in your upper jaw and your eyes.
Myth 7: If gums bleed, its best to avoid brushing
Bleeding from the gums is usually a sign of gingivitis. If you stop brushing, it won’t really help. What you need is a dentist’s help.
Myth 8: Scaling or dental cleaning can cause tooth mobility
Tooth becomes loose and mobile owing to some dental disorder that damages the tooth or gum. A cleaning procedure like scaling cannot cause a tooth to become mobile.
Myth 9:Dental scaling causes enamel erosion
Ultrasonic device and water irrigation are used for scaling your teeth. Only the right degree of pressure and vibration are used. So there is no cause for worrying and damages being done to your enamel.
Myth 10: If your teeth or gums seem fine, you don’t need to visit a dentist
Actually, oral disorders start small. They don’t trigger symptoms right at the start. Plaque could be accumulation around your teeth without you noticing. And this could be the downfall of your dental health. Good oral hygiene requires a trip to the dentist once every six months.
Now that some persistent myths regarding dental hygiene have been debunked, let’s hope we will never again be plagued with dental woes.