The Truth about 7 Dental Beliefs
With so much information to be found on the internet, it’s hard to know what’s true and what isn’t when it comes to taking care of your teeth. There are many dental myths and misconceptions out there, and we want to make sure our patients know the facts.
Here are seven common beliefs about dental health and the truth behind them:
1. Sugary treats cause cavities.
• True, sort of: While it’s true that sugary treats play an important part in the process of cavity formation, they’re far from the only cause. In fact, starchy foods like pasta, beans and potatoes are just as damaging.
2. Never ignore a cavity
• True: If you don’t have a cavity filled, the decay will continue to make its way to the centre of your tooth, eventually killing it. This painful issue can only be fixed with a root canal, a process that replaces dead tissue inside your tooth with another material.
3. Putting an aspirin directly on a cavity will help alleviate the pain
• False: Pain killers like aspirin don’t work topically. They target pain by going through your bloodstream. Besides, placing aspirin directly on your tooth and gums can burn your gums, causing even more damage for the dentist to fix.
4. Baby teeth aren’t as important as adult teeth
• False: Not only do primary teeth help children learn to chew and speak properly, but they also function as guides for the eruption of permanent teeth. Baby teeth that fall out prematurely due to injury or decay could result in crooked or overcrowded teeth in the future.
5. Bad oral health is linked to other medical issues
• True: Studies have shown that there’s a link between your oral health and your overall health. Gum disease and unhealthy teeth may increase your risk of heart disease, stroke and diabetes.
6. Everybody loses their teeth when they get older.
• False: Getting older doesn’t mean you’re doomed to wearing dentures. If you take proper care of your teeth your whole life, they’ll stay strong and healthy for as long as you live.
7. If I don’t have any pain in my teeth or mouth, they must be healthy
• False: If you’re feeling pain, it means the damage has already reached the nerves in the centre of your tooth. What could have been resolved with a simple filling may now require a root canal or other procedure.