At Trust Dental Care, we understand that oral health is important to you, so we want to help you out by debunking some pretty common myths about your oral health. Most people afraid of the dentist must have heard some dental myths or horror stories at some point in their lives which affected their consciousness. Such dental myths can have an impact on a person’s perception of a dentist and what he does, causing him or her to put off visits to the dentist. This could lead to serious oral health issues and long-term dental problems which could result in having to get dental work done. These are some of the most common ones, explained by the Best Dentist in Tijuana, Dr. Cirenia Aparicio Miranda.
1. Tooth Decay Is Mainly Caused by Sugar
Sugar certainly plays a role in tooth decay, but it isn’t the main reason. Acids from naturally occurring bacteria in the mouth combine with saliva, resulting in plaque buildup on teeth. This often happens during the consumption of carbohydrates like bread, cereals, and flour based products.
2. Diabetes Means You’ll Get Gum Disease
Diabetes, a condition many people deal with on a daily basis, affects the processing of sugar in the human body and can lead to heart, kidneys, eyes and nerve problems. Poorly regulated blood sugar makes it hard to avoid common issues like gum disease, but it doesn’t cause an infection of the gums. Those who have diabetes need to be meticulous when taking care of their teeth so that they can remain as healthy as anyone else.
3. Bad Breath Is a Sign of Gum Disease
Although bad breath indicates you might have gum disease, it’s also a sign of other potential health issues. The only sure way to know is by making an appointment with your dentist. If he or she gives your mouth a clean bill of health, consult your primary care physician. Bad breath can also be a symptom of acid reflux, a bowel obstruction or some other digestive issue.
4. Fillings Made of Silver Aren’t a Health Risk
52 % of silver fillings are composed of mercury, and over time, this mercury can leak out into the mouth. Mercury has been linked to a few autoimmune and chronic diseases, and fillings containing this element should, therefore, be replaced promptly, if not avoided altogether. People with silver fillings who grind their teeth, drink a lot of hot or carbonated beverages and chew a lot of gum may be particularly prone to this effect.
5. Gum Disease Isn’t Very Common
Gum disease is all too common. A study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) indicates that 47 percent of adults age 30 and older have some form of gum disease. And as we age, we’re naturally more susceptible to infections, including those in the gums. Sixty-four percent of adults age 65 and older have either moderate or severe gum disease.
6. Wisdom teeth serve no purpose
Wisdom teeth are a product of evolution that got their name from the time that they appear in your mouth – usually between the ages of 17 to 25. It is thought that the coarse food our ancestors ate caused the jaw to grow larger and stronger, allowing for more teeth in our mouths. But over time, our jaws began to shrink to make way for our growing brains, leaving many people with overcrowded mouths and painful impactions when their wisdom teeth break through. If your wisdom teeth are not causing you any problems, you may want to think about leaving them where they are.
7. The more you brush, the healthier your teeth will be.
Over-brushing the teeth can wear the teeth due to the abrasive property of toothpaste. This could lead to dental problems. In between the twice-a-day brushing regimen, rinse after eating and chew sugar-free gum to avoid plaque build-up.
8. If gums are bleeding, you shouldn’t brush or floss.
The opposite is true. Regular brushing and flossing are needed to remove plaque build-up which causes gum bleeding. Bleeding is a sign of gum brokerage, more care must be practiced to avoid harder to treat oral health problems. Professional dental cleaning may be required if the bleeding persists.
9. Teeth whitening is harmful as it can damage the teeth.
Teeth whitening done professionally will cause no damage to the teeth enamel but it may cause teeth sensitivity and gum redness on a short-term.
10. Weight loss can affect the fit of your dentures.
The shape of the bone under the tissue determines the fit of the denture and weight loss has nothing to do with the denture.
Have you ever heard any of these oral health myths? Or worse, have you ever believed any of them? The problem with these myths is that they may prevent people from pursuing better dental habits and may end up losing teeth or requiring surgery. Remember, the best dentist is the one that you don’t have to see, but if it comes to that, see the best Dentist in Tijuana, Mexico, Dr. Aparicio Miranda. For a safe, painless and effective treatment, Trust Dental Care is your best option.