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20 Most Popular Myths about Dentistry

Dental Myths It seems like everything is known about the rules and recommendations on how to take care about our teeth effectively. However, day after day new versions of good old principles of dental care appear here and there. As a result, many people still remain confused about the basics of brushing, flossing, whitening and other dental care procedures. Check out the most popular dental myths and related comments of dental specialists.

MYTH: Brushing my teeth several times a day harms the enamel.
: This is partially true. Usually, it is enough to brush your teeth two times a day, but if you have an opportunity to brush your teeth more frequently (for example, after every meal), use a soft or extra soft toothbrush.

MYTH: Expensive toothpastes are always better than cheap ones.
It is not always true, and some moderately expensive toothpastes can be very effective. Ask your dentist about the toothpastes that can be good for your particular dental situation.

Chewing Gum MythMYTH: Using a sugarless chewing gum with xylitol after meal can replace brushing and have the same effect.
Not really, but if you can not brush your teeth after every meal, you can use a sugarless chewing gum to clean your teeth and refresh your breath. Do not chew it for more than 10 minutes.

MYTH: I must not brush my teeth if my gums bleed.
Bleeding gums is a sign to see your dentist. However, if you can not do this as soon as possible, you can brush your teeth with a soft or extra soft toothbrush.

MYTH: Placing a tablet of aspirin beside my aching tooth can ease the pain.
: Aspirin does not work effectively for relieving toothache. Besides, it damages soft tissues in you mouth. Therefore, it is better to use natural analgesics, such as clover oil or tea tree oil.

MYTH: There is no need in seeing dentist if there is no visible problem with my teeth.
You must see your dentist twice a year, no matter in what condition your teeth are at the moment. Sometimes, only a dentist can see possible problem, and it is always better to start treatment on the earliest stages.

Dental Myths 2MYTH: If tooth enamel is white, the tooth must be considered healthy.
This is absolutely not true! A tooth can look healthy and white, but, at the same time, it can have cavities, problems with the root or other abnormalities that require treatment.

MYTH: After a decayed tooth is treated, there will be no more decaying there.
There is no guarantee for this. After the treatment, every tooth must be properly cared about: regularly brushed, flossed and so on.

MYTH: It is better to treat a decaying tooth rather then opt for removing it.
Before making a decision whether to continue treatment or remove an aching tooth you have to consult a qualified dental professional and, possibly, ask for the opinion of several specialists. Sometimes, even totally decayed tooth can be restored, and, at the same time, there are situations when even a healthy looking tooth must be extracted.

MYTH: It is better to remove wisdom teeth because they usually cause problems.
Do not extract your wisdom teeth until you have started having real problems with them.

MYTH: Good dental health can be inherited.
: Such factor as inheritance plays minor role for good dental health of people. The main rules are to maintain proper oral hygiene and visit your dentist regularly.

Chocolate MythMYTH: Eating a lot of chocolate brings to tooth decay.
: No, it does not, but if you do not brush your teeth or at least rinse your mouth every time after eating chocolate, you are at much higher risk to get tooth decay.

MYTH: Eating too hot or too cold meals can harm my teeth.
: Only regular eating too hot or too cold meals can be harmful for your teeth and dental nerves.

MYTH: Using toothpicks after meals can widen the gaps between my teeth.
: Using usual toothpicks can not have such effects, but you must be very careful when using toothpicks because they can damage the gums and other soft tissues in your mouth.

MYTH: Teeth whitening is harmful as it can damage the enamel.
: Modern methods of teeth whitening, including laser teeth whitening or Air Flow technique, have minimal harmful effects. Nevertheless, one must remember that teeth whitening can not be recommended for many people, especially for those who has sensitive teeth, problematic enamel, underdeveloped tooth tissues, as well as for pregnant and nursing women.

MYTH: After any bleaching procedure teeth do not remain shining white for long time.
: In average, the effect can last for about a year or so, but after every following bleaching procedure the duration of the effects usually decreases.

MYTH: It is not harmful to whiten your teeth with usual sodium bicarbonate.
: It is, actually, very harmful, because sodium bicarbonate we use for baking has very strong abrasive effects. If you want to whiten your teeth in an easy way, use special whitening toothpastes with bicarbonate. Such toothpastes contain much smaller particles of bicarbonate and they do not damage teeth that much.

Dental Myths 3MYTH: There is no need in taking care about the teeth of my baby because in some years they are going to fall out.
: This is absolutely wrong from a variety of perspectives. First of all, if you do not take care about premature teeth, they may fall out before the time and cause problems with bite or improper development of your child’s permanent teeth. Besides, it is necessary to start educating your children to maintain good dental and oral hygiene since early childhood.

MYTH: It is necessary to avoid dental procedures during pregnancy.
: Regular dental treatment must not be avoided by pregnant women, but there is a number of procedures, such as X-rays or surgical dental procedures, which must be postponed for pregnant women.

MYTH: Any type of dental treatment is very painful.
: Not anymore. Advanced dental technologies allow making dental treatment not painful by using anesthetic agents.

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Comment from Dr.Akif Saleem
Time: June 30, 2008, 6:26 am

i have some questions related to the myths in dentistry for the dental specialists if they could help me with this.
1 – people often believe that there are some negative effects on the eye sight while the tooth extraction is carried out.even after it actually.

2 – relationship of scaling with tooth mobility.

3 – dental powder is better than toothpastes as it removes more of plaque and stains.

i am a dental student and i would be great appreciable if the professionals help me with these questions and depending upon which i shall contact them for any other query that i face.
Thank You.
Akif Saleem.

Comment from Jane
Time: July 2, 2008, 7:49 am

Dear Dr. Akif Saleem,

Thank you for your interest to our site. We will address your questions to our dental specialists shortly and write about these problems in our new articles.

Best regards,

Comment from Dr. Hira Hashmi
Time: July 31, 2008, 1:46 pm

I would like to ask the same questions as Dr. Akif asked. I am also in search of the answers to mentioned questions!I am also a medical student seeking for guidance.
looking for your positive reply.
Best regards.

Comment from cialis visa
Time: December 3, 2008, 8:07 pm

Cool staff

Comment from harry
Time: January 25, 2009, 5:36 pm

I brush every night and I don’t have any dental problem and dentists are baffled how good my teeth are.

While my brother brushes 3 times a day and the dentists do not understand why he has bad teeth.

I guess dentists need to research more.

Comment from Vaibhav Agarwal
Time: December 3, 2009, 12:44 pm

2 – relationship of scaling with tooth mobility

OPINION–=Teeth are held firmly by the supporting tissues of the periodontium including bone. Bad oral hygiene results in the deposition of tartar /calculus on the tooth surface. These deposits irritate the gums and can cause inflammation and bleeding of the gums. If the tartar is not removed, the gums may recede and the supporting bone around the teeth gets destroyed. The tartar on the teeth thus causes great harm to the supporting tissues of the teeth. However, patients may experience slight mobility of the teeth after tartar is removed as it kind of binds the teeth together. Professional cleaning removes this tartar and arrests further destruction of supporting bone. Removal of tartar deposits only helps to recover the health of supporting structures. This chain of events does not take place in people who have dental checkup regularly

Comment from Neelima.V
Time: July 9, 2010, 9:25 am

The myths are so hifi.common people cannot understand them.ofcourse they are good

Comment from Dr.Neelima.V
Time: July 9, 2010, 9:32 am

Many people in my area comment that herpes labialis is due to urine of a lizard.This has been not included here and also many people complain that removal of their upper teeth affects their vision,i feel better if it could be added.I have a doubt that usage of fluoride toothpaste thrice daily reduce the caries incidence?

Time: March 8, 2011, 10:58 am

you can add some more myths still existing in not only illiterates
but also in most of the literates among us.any way the points given by you are educative.

Comment from Dr. Fraifer
Time: April 15, 2011, 2:37 pm

Hello. The most important thing for any doubt is to see a licensed dentist. The myths and questions will be answered by him.


Comment from DrRahul Gupta
Time: May 2, 2011, 12:24 pm

To, Dr.Akif Saleem

answer to ur querry ,

1 – people often believe that there are some negative effects on the eye sight while the tooth extraction is carried out.even after it actually.

ans. it is just a myth r rumour initiatiated in old times due to some wrong technique of infraorbital nrv. blocks given by some dental practicers (true dentists / dentist without any degree) which lead to orbital nerve block at orbital foramen in some cases & results in blured vision which is temporary 23 hrs depending upon local anesthetic action.

2 – relationship of scaling with tooth mobility.

ans. its not actually happens r happens while following wrong scaling technique..excesive pressure during scaling / prolong scaling in single sitting …rest it acctually felt by patients with large calculus or tartar deposition +3 grade…so in those cases cases teeth were actually thr without any periodontal bone support the were just in position due to heavy calculus around n wen u remove it they feel mobility n less support .

3. dental powder is better than toothpastes as it removes more of plaque and stains.

ans. according to me ya they r actually good in removing plaque n debris as they have more amount of abrasives…but use of more abrasives are also injurious as that result in sensitivity n gum problems…secondly people use powders with the help of finger which do not clean the inter dental area again lead to periodontal problems n proximal caries !!

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