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Dental Myths Busted

Dental Myths Busted.

At “The Dental Junction” we understand that a trip to the dentist can be a little scary. That is why our main priority is always your comfort. Unfortunately, the fear of oral health care has led to many dental myths being spread around! Here are just a few of the common dental myths that we hope to bust for you and put your mind at ease to make that next trip to the dentist a little easier.

Dental Myths No 1: If your gums are bleeding, don’t brush or floss your teeth

Fact: When your gums bleed, it’s a sign that the plaque and food particles are accumulating along your gum line, which in turn causes the gums to become irritated and inflamed. Gentle regular brushing and flossing is required to remove the plaque build-up (which causes
the gums to become inflamed and bleed). If your gums are sensitive use a very soft toothbrush to remove the plaque. If the bleeding continues please visit your local dentist.

Dental Myths No 2: Brush hard and long and your teeth will be healthier

Fact: Due to the abrasive properties within toothpaste, over brushing them will begin to wear down the teeth’s enamel. If you use a hard toothbrush and are overzealous with the brushing, not only will it grind down the tooth’s enamel, it can cause damage to the gums as well.
Dentists worldwide recommend brushing your teeth twice a day for two minutes each time, In between those times you could rinse you mouth with water after eating and chew on some sugar free gum.

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Dental Myths No 3: Teeth whitening will weaken my teeth

Fact: Sometimes the regular routine of brushing and flossing just isn’t enough to keep our teeth looking white. Thanks to safer technological advances there are a host of teeth whitening products that are available either via your dentist or over the counter. Teeth whitening that is done professionally doesn’t damage the tooth enamel. However, it may cause teeth sensitivity and gum redness in the short-term.

Some people worry that using bleaching products on their teeth can be harmful or that they will weaken their teeth. Bleaching products are generally harmless if used according to the directions. Bleaching will only affect the colour of the teeth, not their health or strength. Bleaching done correctly will remove some of the teeth’s pigmentation, however if you bleach them too much your teeth can begin to appear translucent.

Dental Myths No 4: Dental treatment should be avoided during pregnancy.

Fact: Because of hormonal changes during pregnancy there can be an exaggerated number of bacteria in the mouth, which in turn can lead onto bleeding gums or gingivitis. Therefore, a dental check-up is recommended during pregnancy.
Note: Your dentist should be informed of your pregnancy before any procedures as some dental treatments are to be avoided during pregnancy – such as amalgam removal, taking of antibiotics, X-rays, etc.

Dental Myths No 5: Women lose a tooth after the birth of each child.

Fact: Hormonal changes during pregnancy can exaggerate the bacteria in the mouth, which can cause bleeding gums or gingivitis. Tooth loss is unlikely with a thorough and regular cleaning regime and having dental check-ups during the pregnancy.

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Dental Myths No 6: Placing Aspirin directly on a tooth will relieve pain

Fact: Placing aspirin directly on the aching tooth or your gums can cause an acidic chemical burn to your gums and lips – don’t do it! The only safe and effective way to take aspirin is to swallow it. Once swallowed it gets absorbed into your body through your digestive tract. It then enters your bloodstream and travels throughout your body, when the aspirin reaches your aching tooth it reduces the pain you feel.

Dental Myths No 7: Tooth cavities are all about sugar

Fact: You see a sweet dessert and then that nagging voice in your head begins saying. “If you eat that your teeth will be filled with cavities and eventually fall out”. However, the deciding factor is not the amount of sugar you eat. It is the bacteria in your mouth that feeds on carbohydrates like sugar, which produces an acid that slowly eats away the enamel of your teeth. In short, it isn’t the amount of sugar you eat, it’s how long the sugar remains in contact with your teeth. So, enjoy your sweets and make sure you brush soon afterwards!

Dental Myths No 8: Children don’t need to see a dentist until they have their adult teeth.

Fact: It is true that as children we will eventually lose our baby teeth, to make way for our adult teeth. However, baby teeth still require regular care, if not looked after properly they may fall out too soon. If they fall out too soon, the adult teeth may not come in properly. To keep your teeth well into old age, healthy dental routines need to be put into place at an early age and your dentist can correct any small dental issues easily, before they become major ones.

Dental Myths No. 9: Dental X-rays are unnecessary.

Fact: Periodically it is necessary to take dental x-rays to detect tooth decay and other problems which can occur in-between the teeth, under existing fillings and under the gums.
Dental x-rays don’t need to be feared, the radiation dosage is very small (almost negligible) when using digital radiography.

Dental Myths No 10: Flossing is not important

Fact: For many flossing after brushing your teeth is an extra step that is usually skipped. However, if you don’t floss you miss cleaning around 33% of the tooths surfaces, that regular brushing can’t reach. When bacteria forms in those hard to reach places, it can cause bad breath, tooth decay, gum disease and pain. Flossing is a cheap and easy solution to maintaining good oral health.

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Summary:

Our team at The Dental Junction can help you with your oral health and dispel many of the dental myths that are simply not true. If you have any questions relating to Dental Health, please give our office a call on 07 5473 5117 to get the right advice you need today.

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