Dentistry – Busting Some Myths and Misconceptions

 

When you hear the word “dentist”, the first thing that comes to mind is probably an image of dental chairs, dental drills, or even dental needles. Most people count visiting the dentist as one of the things they are most ambivalent about, and there are so many myths and misconceptions about dentistry that put patients off.

Yet visiting your dentist regularly for preventative dental care is intrinsic to your overall health and wellbeing. Not only does your dentist help you maintain a beautiful smile and fresh breath, but also helps prevent and identify issues including tooth cavities, gum disease, and oral cancer. Regular dental care also helps prevent heart disease and issues with the digestive and respiratory tracts.

9 Dental Myths and Misconceptions

Myth 1: Fluoridated water is bad for you

Fluoride has been added to drinking water in Australia since the 1960s. As a result, the dental health of Australians has dramatically improved over the last 50 years. Some people have concerns about its safety to other body systems. According to the most up to date medical science, fluoridation at the current Australian levels is safe, actively reduces tooth decay in both adults and children, and there is no evidence that is compromises health in any way, including the health of the thyroid gland.

Myth 2: Bleeding gums are normal

If your gums bleed after brushing or flossing, it signifies that you have inflamed gums. This may be due to plaque build-up, infection, gum disease, or other issues. You need to see your dentist if your gums bleed regularly – even if it’s just a small amount.

Myth 3: Brush harder for a better clean

No! Brushing too hard, or with a brush that is too hard, can traumatise your teeth and gums. This can cause enamel loss, gum recession, and sensitivity. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and brush for 2 minutes, twice per day. Floss once daily as well.

Myth 4: Sugar is the only thing that causes tooth decay

Consuming too much processed sugar will indeed increase the risk of tooth decay. This is because the breakdown of sugar feeds the bacteria which cause dental plaque. This in turn strengthens the acids which compromise tooth enamel. As well as sugars, carbohydrate-rich, starchy foods also enable plaque to form. This is why brushing and flossing properly are so important, especially after eating.

Myth 5: If your teeth are white, they are healthy

White teeth are cosmetically appealing – but they are not necessarily healthy just because they are bright and white! The natural colour of teeth varies between people and by age – even the whitest teeth can harbour cavities, gum disease, infections, and sensitivity.

Myth 6: Diet drinks are better for your teeth

Sugary soft drinks are bad for your teeth – not just as a result of the sugar, but also the acidity of the fizzy drink. This can wear down tooth enamel and lead to cavities, sensitivity, and even tooth loss. (Natural sugars in fruit juices can be just as bad!). Choose water as your preferred healthy beverage and, if you are craving a fizzy drink, choose plain soda water or mineral water.

Myth 7: Whitening can damage your teeth

If you elect to have your teeth whitened professionally and under supervision by your dentist (rather than opting for generic over-the-counter whitening solutions) teeth whitening is safe and effective. You must use the right product for you – and only your dentist can advise what is most suitable.

Myth 8: Only children can get braces

While it may be preferred to have teeth straightened in early adolescence, more adults are having orthodontic treatment and there is no such thing as “too old” for braces. Advanced orthodontic solutions include Damon braces, clear or porcelain brackets, Invisalign clear aligners, and Inman aligners. Whether you are 12, 28, 45, or 60+, it’s never too late to get the smile you’ve dreamed of.

Myth 9: Pregnancy causes tooth loss

It’s true that during pregnancy, the teeth are more vulnerable to decay, gum disease, and infection. This is due to hormonal changes which accompany pregnancy. With ongoing routine dental care and the maintenance of regular brushing and flossing and a healthy diet, the risk of dental issues during pregnancy falls significantly.

 

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