Welcome back to our dental health myth blog series. In part one, we discussed some of the most popular dental myths that are floating around. People believe all kinds of rumors about their dental health but since knowledge is power, it’s time to educate ourselves. In part two of our blog series, we’re going to discuss a few more dental myths that have been spread around like wildfire.
Myth #5 – Going to the dentist is always painful.
This is a myth that we can easily put to rest. For whatever reason, persons who dread going to the dentist often overplay and dramatize their experiences and this idea takes hold in the minds of others. The truth is, if you go to the dentist with an open mind, you’ll most likely be pleasantly surprised. Most dental visits don’t hurt and always remember: your dentist is always going to be thinking of your comfort; he knows what he’s doing, and you’ll thank him later when you’re pain-free after the filling of that cavity or the drilling of that rotten tooth. There is no need to be scared of the dentist.
Myth #6 – Medications don’t affect oral health.
Unfortunately, if you’re taking any one of five hundred different medications for treating things like depression, high blood pressure, cancer, allergies, and even the common cold, your teeth might be suffering right alongside you. These prescriptions cause something called “dry mouth,” a lack of saliva in your oral cavity that can contribute to a buildup of plaque, dry gum tissue, and even gum disease. Obviously, if you’re reliant on your prescription (and let’s face it, you probably wouldn’t be taking them if you didn’t need them), you have to prioritize taking your necessary prescriptions over your dental condition. But because every situation is different, consult your dental care professional to see if there is anything that can be done.
Myth #7 – Baby teeth don’t need check-ups.
Many people believe that if their child is going to be losing all of their baby teeth anyway, there is no need to keep up with their dental health, but this is simply not true. Not only can cavities become painful for children, but poor dental health can affect the gums and lead to other issues. Additionally, if you don’t teach your child good dental health when they have baby teeth, they won’t have any good dental habits to carry on into adolescence and adulthood.
Myth #8 – All toothpastes are created equal.
Many people believe that if they have a tooth sensitivity or allergy that there is no better option for them because all toothpastes are the same. While it’s true that many of the mainstream toothpastes have similar ingredient lists, there are plenty of great specialty toothpaste option for people who have sensitivities or allergies. You don’t have to suffer through your brushing routine, and you don’t have to make your own paste with baking soda. Explore all of the great options available to you and check with your Eagan dentist to make sure your chosen brand will work for you.
Myth #9 – Flossing isn’t as big of a deal as my dentist says.
If you’re a regular flosser, this might seem like a crazy thing for someone to believe, but the fact is, one-third of Americans never floss. Ever. Flossing is hugely important and will remove rotting food particles from between your teeth, help prevent gingivitis, tooth loss, cavities, and so much more. Make sure that you’re flossing regularly.
Myth #10 – It’s good enough if I only make it to the dentist every few years.
Many people believe that the idea of going to the dentist roughly every six months is a little extreme. But did you know that dental problems can develop without you realizing it or feeling it? You could be facing serious dental health issues and your refusal to see a dentist could make your situation more costly and more painful. Don’t risk it; visit your dentist the recommended amount so that you know your pearly whites are healthy.
It’s easy to fall prey to rumors, but the truth is something that can’t be ignored. No matter what you’ve heard or read about dental health, your Eagan dentist is always your highest authority on what’s good for your teeth and what’s not so great.
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