Top Five Dentistry Myths Debunked
Dental health is one of the most ignored aspects of our health. Even where there are some apparent signs of any dental issue, we tend to ignore them and even justify our poor oral hygiene habits.
Here’s a Look at Some Common Dental Myths and How We Need to Debunk Them:
- My Teeth Don’t Hurt. I Don’t Need to See the Dentist
Tooth decay doesn’t have any signs and it doesn’t cause any pain. Most of the oral issues are not noticeable in beginning which is why it is recommended to visit the dentist every 5-6 months for dental cleaning and examination for early detection of any underlying dental issue.
- Chronic Bad Breath is all About Brushing
Bad breath from eating garlic or onion can be about brushing but chronic bad breath is a matter of concern and something more serious. Gum diseases, tooth infection, tooth decay, and systemic issues along with liver or kidney failure can be a cause of bad breath.
- If My Gums Aren’t Bleeding, I Don’t Have Gum Disease
Bleeding gums is one of the symptoms of gum diseases but not the only symptom. Red gum tissues and swollen gum tissues are also a sign of gum disease. In the early stage, the gum disease may not be noticeable to the eyes. Dental visits twice a year can be helpful.
- Chewing Gum is Just as Good as Flossing
Though people claim that chewing gum is as effective as flossing, it is not! Chewing sugar-free gum after eating may help in keeping the teeth clean but if you chew it for more than 20 minutes, it can attract bacteria. Chewing gum can’t remove debris or plaque below the gum line.
- As Long as I Take Care of My Teeth at Home, I’ll be Fine
Brushing and flossing your teeth along with eating healthy food can help your dental health but these alone can’t work wonders. You need professional dental cleaning and examination so that any underlying issue is diagnosed and treated in the initial phase itself.