Tuesday, February 26, 2021
Debunking Dental Myths
When it comes to dental care, more myths seem to have gained traction among the general public than facts. Make sure you don’t believe the same misinformation about dentistry. Below are five of the most common dental myths, debunked:
1. There’s no need to brush baby teeth, since they’ll fall out anyway – Tooth decay in baby teeth can affect the development of adult teeth, and so can gum disease. Brushing and flossing should be a daily habit in order to avoid these problems.
2. Everyone will need dentures when they get older – Actually, if you take good care of your teeth in your youth, you can expect to keep your natural set of teeth for a lifetime. Even if one or two teeth fall out or need to be removed, you can have dental implants placed to preserve your smile.
3. The harder you brush, the better – This is definitely not true. If you brush your teeth too hard every day, you can wear down the enamel layer, causing increased sensitivity and other issues later in life. Be thorough, but be gentle. Use a soft-bristled brush.
4. The more sugar you eat, the higher your risk of tooth decay – Not necessarily. The length of time your teeth are exposed to sugar matters much more than the amount you eat. For example, a piece of hard candy that slowly dissolves in the mouth is more harmful than eating a chocolate bar because of the relative length of time it takes to eat.
5. Wisdom teeth will always need to be extracted – Wisdom teeth are only extracted when they pose problems. Unfortunately, most wisdom teeth do create problems, whether because the teeth are impacted, have a cavity, are infected, or are taking up too much room in the jawbone.
If you’re looking for an experienced Oklahoma City dentist you can trust, please contact Terry Bass, DDS today to schedule an initial consultation. We serve patients throughout the Edmond, Lawton, Norman, and Oklahoma City areas of Oklahoma.