Many people misunderstand certain aspects of dental treatments and oral health care. Every year, they unknowingly harm themselves by adhering to dental myths. Being able to identify the difference between these popularly-held misconceptions and scientifically-proven facts can help maintain the quality of your oral health and improve your overall well-being. If you are unsure of any dental health practice or information, talk to your dentist.
Five common dental myths
There are many misinterpretations in certain aspects of dental health care today. A simple misunderstanding may keep you from pursuing treatments and dental hygiene practices that help maintain and improve your dental health. These five common misconceptions about the mouth can help determine their effects on your oral health.
Myth #1: Using alcohol-based mouthwashes after every meal is safe
Alcohol is dehydrating and denaturing to the ecology of the mouth. It destroys all microorganisms in the mouth, including the good bacteria. It may also cause ulcers and destroy cavity fillings. Excessive use of alcohol-based mouthwash may put one at risk of developing oral cancer.
Myth #2: Teeth whitening may damage the teeth
Many people believe that teeth whitening can damage the tooth enamel, exposing it to further dental issues. Contrary to popular belief, teeth whitening can be a very safe procedure if done under the expert supervision of a dentist. Asking the dentist for professional at-home whitening kits is a good idea, they can also demonstrate how to use them properly.
On the other hand, over-the-counter teeth whitening products may contain acidic ingredients that can damage the enamel of your teeth. It’s safer to go with a trusted, dentist recommended product.
Myth #3: Sugar causes cavities
For years, many people have believed that sugar is the primary cause of tooth decay. This may be the most publicly accepted myths of all. Although sugar plays a significant role in the formation of cavities, the bacteria in your mouth is the principal cause of tooth decay. They feed on sugars and carbohydrates to produce acids, which attack the enamel and cause cavities.
Myth #4: Pregnant women should not visit the dentist
Visiting the dentist while pregnant is safe if it is for routine check-ups or cleanings. Getting cavities filled before the baby’s birth is also okay to do, as well. The dentist may also help with any pregnancy-related symptoms that might be experienced. The hormones associated with pregnancy may increase the risk for gum diseases, such as gingivitis.
Myth #5: Primary teeth are not permanent so there is no need to worry about them
The primary teeth play a role in guiding the permanent teeth in direction and health. Without proper dental care, a child’s permanent teeth may not develop properly. This can also influence a child’s nutrition and speech development.
Dental myths can make maintaining good oral health and a strong well-being a challenge. If you have questions concerning your dental health, visit our dental office. We can help keep your teeth and gums healthy and improve your overall dental health. Consider scheduling an appointment today.