Here are some common misconceptions regarding dental health. Some may surprise you.
- Myth: Baby teeth don’t need to be cleaned as well as permanent teeth.
Busted: Baby teeth are the foundation for permanent teeth. If they fall out early, the rest of the teeth will adjust to crowd the space, which can create problems with your child’s bite and permanent teeth. Additionally, good oral hygiene habits must be developed when children are young—it’s never too early to teach your children how to take care of their teeth.
- Myth: I don’t have to worry about my teeth until they start hurting.
Busted: Tooth pain often means that a tooth has been decayed through the enamel and into the pulp or dentin. Once your tooth starts hurting, you might already have a cavity. It’s important to maintain good brushing and flossing habits to prevent tooth decay.
- Myth: Sugary foods like candy are the only foods I have to worry about.
Busted: Bacteria can break down multiple types of sugars and starches. Though foods like candy have a higher amount of sugar, if any food sits on your teeth long enough, bacteria will begin to eat away at it. Brush or rinse your mouth after eating any foods, particularly sugary or starchy foods.
- Myth: Oral hygiene only affects my teeth.
Busted: Oral hygiene affects multiple aspects of your health. Firstly, if you have missing teeth, eating and properly digesting nutritious foods can be difficult. Additionally, several studies have suggested links between poor oral health and heart disease, stroke, and diabetes.
- Myth: Going to the dentist is a painful, unpleasant experience.
Busted: At A Beautiful Smile at Lake Pointe, we’re dedicated to making your dental visits comfortable. Developments in anesthetics and analgesics have made both check-ups and procedures more tranquil. If you’re worried about the pain, we’ll do our best to relax you. And remember—decayed teeth hurt much more than a simple, quick procedure.