Common Dental Myths

facts vs. myths

Let’s face it: the dentist isn’t often a person’s first choice of people to see when it comes to living their day to day life. But seeing the dentist is one of the best things you can do to improve not just your oral health, but also your overall health. Unfortunately, for many people, they avoid the dentist because of some dental myths they’ve heard from friends or friends of friends.

Here are some of the most common dental myths we’ve heard from people:

The whiter your teeth the healthier they are. NOPE! Everyone has a color baseline of their natural teeth. Teeth that are white can be just as unhealthy as yellow teeth. If you’re looking for signs of decay, infection, and cavities then you’ll need to get to the dentist and have them look between your teeth and even below the surface.

You don’t need to change your toothbrush until the bristles start to fray. FALSE. We recommend patients change their toothbrush every three months as bacteria can build up on the head of the toothbrush over time. Changing your toothbrush 4 times a year will ensure you’re staying on top of your oral health and preventing the build-up of any bacteria.

Teeth whitening isn’t good for teeth. FALSE. Today’s teeth whitening procedures are much more gentle on teeth than those of the past. Older treatments had a more acidic base and increased tooth sensitivity. Today’s treatments are neutral and might, at the most, cause temporary tooth sensitivity, which can be mitigated through the use of a teeth whitening system.

Just because you have poor oral health doesn’t mean your overall health is bad. FALSE. Your oral health is directly related to your systemic health and is linked to diseases like heart disease and diabetes. 91% of people who have heart disease also have gum disease.

My teeth look fine, so I don’t need to worry about going to the dentist. FALSE. Just because your teeth look ok on the surface level doesn’t mean that everything is fine beneath the surface. This is why it’s so important to get to the dentist twice a year for regular check-ups and visits.

Don’t let these misconceptions and myths prevent you from coming to the dentist. Be sure to brush twice a day, floss daily, and come in for your twice-yearly dental checkups every six months. This is the best way to ensure your teeth and overall health are in check.

Contact us to schedule your appointment today.