Advances in modern dentistry have been remarkable and have made most dental procedures virtually painless, stress-free, safe, effective and affordable, but even with all the technological advances some dental myths and misinformation still exists.
Common Myths and Misinformation
Some common dental myths and misinformation include:
• Brushing teeth after every meal can harm the enamel
• Chewing gum after meals is as effective as brushing and flossing
• Placing an aspirin on a painful tooth will cure the toothache
• Baby teeth are not important because they are not permanent
• All root canals are painful
The Facts and Useful Information
Most dentists recommend brushing and flossing after every meal with a soft toothbrush to avoid any damage to your teeth and gums. Chewing sugar-free gum after meals can help freshen your breath, but chewing gum is no substitute for brushing and flossing to remove food particles and debris from between your teeth.
An aspirin placed on the delicate, soft tissues in your mouth can lead to painful burns and will not cure a toothache. Neglecting baby teeth can cause serious problems with their permanent teeth and affect their bite. Root canals are no more painful than any other dental filling because of modern advances in dental technologies and anesthetics.
Why All the Misinformation?
Most dental myths and misinformation began because many people remember stories of the dentistry of past generations. Just as the practice of medicine has advanced beyond the days of old, the practice of dentistry has advanced into the 21st century as well.
Dental myths and misinformation may seem silly to some, but they are harmful if they prevent you from seeking out and receiving the dental care and treatment you need to prevent and treat dental problems and diseases.
How to Overcome the Fear of Myths
If you have anxiety about dental visits due to misinformation about what to expect, tell your dentist about your fears. There are varieties of methods available to treat your dental problems painlessly and in a stress-free environment.