We know that some people can be so afraid of visiting the dentist that they would rather put their oral health in the hands of the internet. Not only is avoiding the dentist a bad idea for health, but we’ve seen a few things on the internet that had us raising our eyebrows. So before you fall for another old wives’ tale, we’re sharing — and debunking — a few modern dental myths.
- You only need to go to the dentist if your teeth hurt. Actually, you should visit us at least twice per year because we can catch problems early. Not to mention, some dental issues can be asymptomatic until they cause a severe issue. Remember: prevention is the best defense!
- Oral health is not connected to the rest of your body. This is a dangerous myth! Studies have found a link between periodontal disease and heart disease, diabetes, cancer, and more. Maintaining oral health is essential for your overall health!
- It doesn’t matter what time of the day you brush your teeth. Yes it does! Skipping brushing before bed means that food particles sit on your teeth all night, which can exacerbate tooth decay. Brushing in the morning is also advised for fighting decay and bad breath.
- Cavities might go away on their own. We wish. While some tooth decay can be stopped or reversed, when the enamel is too weakened and destroyed, it forms a cavity. A cavity is permanent damage that requires dental repair.
- Bad breath means you’re a bad brusher. Not necessarily. There are many factors that affect your breath, including the food you eat and other health issues, like whether or not you are sick. Poor oral hygiene is one of several possible causes.
- Fillings made of silver are not a health risk. Wrong. Mercury fillings are dangerous and harmful to both people and the environment. Exposure, even in small amounts, is toxic and poses significant risks to human health.
- The harder you brush, the cleaner you’ll get your teeth. No! Hard brushing can damage your teeth and gums. Brush your teeth gently and at a 45 degree angle for best results.
- When it comes to cavities, sugar is the main culprit. Not so fast. While sugar can cause cavities, the problem with sugar is hot how much you consume but whether it sits in your mouth. Sugar produces acid which wears down the enamel on your teeth. Make it a priority to brush after consuming food and/or drinks that are high in sugar.
- The whiter your teeth are, the healthier they are. Don’t be fooled by color because it can vary from person to person. The best indicators of oral health or fresh breath and no cavities.
Make no mistake, when it comes to your overall oral health, having the wrong information can be harmful. Don’t let these myths lead to avoidable dental problems! And remember: nothing replaces a visit to the dentist. We’re professional smile-makers!