Dental Myths: Fact vs Fiction

Dental Myths: Fact vs Fiction

Dental health, dental mythsMyth: I can’t see any problems with my teeth, so I don’t need to go to the dentist.

Fact: There are dental problems that aren’t visible to the naked eye – gum disease, hairline fractures and root canal disease are just a few. Dentists use sophisticated technologies – like digital X-rays – to detect problems both on and beneath the surface of your teeth. Plus, it’s a mistake to think of dental visits as emergency care; they’re just as much about preventive care.

Myth: I don’t need to worry about my teeth because my parents never had problems.

Fact: Though genetics may play a small role in predicting your oral health, how well you take care of your teeth will be the single most important determinant in how healthy they are.

Myth: Chewing sugar-free gum after a meal is just as effective as brushing.

Fact: It’s true that chewing sugar-free gum after meals can help clean your teeth, stimulate saliva flow and freshen your breath after meals. But it’s no replacement for a thorough brushing and flossing, which actually removes dental plaque and food debris.

Myth: I shouldn’t brush my teeth if my gums are bleeding.

Fact: Bleeding gums can be a sign that you’re brushing too vigorously or gum disease. Keep brushing, but make some adjustments. Use a toothbrush with medium-soft bristles and brush in a circular motion. If the bleeding continues after a few days, see your dentist.

Myth: If I have a toothache, placing an aspirin tablet next to the tooth will relieve pain.

Fact: Putting an aspirin tablet in direct contact with the soft tissues of your mouth will not help relieve a toothache. In fact, this can lead to painful chemical burns. Don’t do it! See your dentist for relief.

Myth: All dental procedures must be avoided during pregnancy.

Fact: Although certain procedures, such as X-rays or dental surgery, should be avoided during pregnancy, regular dental treatments should continue as usual.

Guest Writer-Dr. Mitra Evans is a South Bay dentist with a practice located at 23326 Hawthorne Blvd., Torrance.  She can be reached at (310) 375-3939 or visit her website for more information at drevanstorrance.com.

Authored by: Cindy Donnelly

Cindy has worked for What's Up for Kids for over 19 years and is thrilled to take over as owner/publisher. She loves helping South Bay parents connect with resources and working with camps, schools and other businesses to get the word out about their quality programs and services for families. For marketing information you can contact her at cindy@whatsupforkids.com.

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