It’s nothing new to be afraid of dentists. In fact, 4.3% of Americans are so afraid of going to the dentist that they simply don’t go [source: Department of Health and Human Services]. Truth be told, if you visit your dentists regularly and get your cleaning and your check ups done, you should never face pain. It is when you avoid going when things get worse. To justify these fears, some myths were created about oral hygiene and dentistry. We are here to bust them!
- Brushing your teeth before visitation to trick dentist
Your dentist will immediately notice if you haven’t been brushing the regular 2-minutes twice a day recommended time. Your gums will give it away by swelling and bleeding easily.
- Teeth Whitening is harmful
Teeth bleaching only affects the colors of the tooth and not the health. If you get your cleaning done professionally, no damage should be caused to the teeth.
- No brushing if gums are bleeding
On the contrary! It might seem logical at first to not irritate bleeding gums by brushing them, but it is not the case. When gums are bleeding, it’s a sign that plaque or food particles are accumulating and need to be brushed and flossed. The key is to remain gently when brushing and to never be aggressive.
- Brushing more leads to healthier teeth
While brushing is necessary, it should not be done more than the recommended regiment which is twice a day. Over-brushing could lead to sensitive teeth and receding gums.
- If it doesn’t hurt, then it’s ok
Not always true! Dental wellness is only maintained through regular check up and cleanings. Most dental issues are painless at first, and by the time the pain starts showing up, the treatment will be invasive and expensive. Early detection can be done by getting visiting the dentist every 6 months.