With numerous dental fads circulating the internet, sometimes it’s difficult to separate truth from fiction. Here are some of the common myths and misconceptions about dental care and the facts you need to keep your teeth and gums healthy.
Myth one: If there’s no pain there’s no problem
Many oral health issues are initially symptomless – gum disease, for example, can often go undetected because patients don’t experience any pain. Once symptoms begin to appear, the condition has often progressed beyond the early stages when it’s easier to treat. Without regular dental check-ups to keep early stage gingivitis at bay, patients may face more invasive treatments such as root canals or extractions.
Myth two: Tooth whitening is bad for your teeth
It’s true that some of the DIY whitening tricks you may have read about online can be harmful to your teeth and gums, but when undertaken by a qualified professional, tooth whitening is a risk-free procedure that offers excellent results. At St. Peter’s Lodge we use Zoom! whitening; a tried and tested cosmetic treatment that is carried out following a thorough examination of your teeth to make sure we offer the best method for you. Tooth whitening doesn’t involve drilling or anaesthetic and won’t weaken your teeth in any way.
Myth three: You shouldn’t visit the dentist during pregnancy
Avoiding x-rays or non-essential cosmetic procedures during pregnancy is advisable, but avoiding the dentist altogether is a terrible idea – during pregnancy, women go through hormonal changes that can worsen some oral health conditions, and research suggests that untreated gum disease can be harmful to unborn babies. You can read more about dental treatment during pregnancy in our recent blog post.
Myth four: Bleeding gums should be left alone
Many people think that brushing bleeding gums will worsen the issue, but the truth is that the bleeding is usually caused by a build-up of plaque along the gumline. This is the first sign of gum disease, and the only way to get rid of it is to regularly brush and floss and visit your dental hygienist for a professional scale and polish treatment.
Myth five: Looking after baby teeth isn’t important because they fall out
Not true! Baby teeth may fall out but failing to look after them can have a direct effect on the development of the adult teeth beneath them. Decay and infection can spread to the developing permanent teeth and if a baby tooth is lost too early, surrounding teeth may move into the space that was left and cause crowding issues. Getting your child into a regular brushing and flossing routine is also important for establishing lifelong oral hygiene and normalising regular dental check-ups.
To schedule your next dental appointment, give one of our friendly team members a call on 01727 853160 or book online. We look forward to your visit.