Myths can be stubborn misconceptions, while some myths may not be harmful, misconceptions about our health may lead to following the wrong routine. See if any of these common myths are affecting your oral health or general wellbeing.
1. Sugar is the prime cause of cavities
In reality, it’s the acid produced by bacteria in your mouth that causes cavities. What the bacteria does is, it digests carbohydrates and sugar that is present in rice, potatoes, bread, fruit, and vegetables. When you eat food that contains carbs, the bacteria gets activated and produce acid that eats into your tooth. They can then lurk in the cavity where the toothbrush and floss can’t reach. The bacteria continue to metabolize carbs, produce acids, and your cavity keeps getting bigger.
2. An aspirin directly on the tooth will relieve tooth pain
This method is used in many households as a remedy, and it is a completely wrong practice. You should never put aspirin directly on or near an aching tooth. After all, you wouldn’t put aspirin on your forehead if you had a headache, would you? The only safe and the right way to take an aspirin tablet is to swallow it.
3. You always know when you have a cavity
While it is true that cavities are often painful, it’s also true that sometimes you don’t feel any pain at all. Most of the times individuals fail to identify the small cavities. Cavities are effectively spotted by dentists. Taking care of cavities is not only about alleviating pain, but it’s also about preventing further decay which can lead to bigger problems or even extraction.
4. All stains can be easily whitened or washed away
Many stains that are formed on your pearly whites may be due to habits like drinking tea, coffee or smoking and these are generally easy to remove since they are extrinsic in nature. However, when the stains are due to ingestion of metals in the body or due to pulp death or developmental defects, they cannot be removed easily. These are intrinsic in nature.
5. Fluoride is Unsafe
With the help of fluoride in the water or toothpaste, tooth decay in children has been dramatically reduced.However, there’s been an increase in cavities in older people, for a number of reasons. For example, some medications dry out the mouth and reduce saliva. Saliva is important in fighting tooth decay because it helps neutralize acids, has a disinfectant quality, washes away bacteria, and helps prevent food from sticking to the teeth.
6. Once a tooth is treated, the decaying stops
You may get decay later in other areas of the tooth, but the particular decay that was removed is gone. Once you get a cavity filled — and if you maintain good brushing and flossing techniques — you won’t usually get decay in that spot again.However, sometimes a filling gets old and the margins where it meets the tooth begin to break down or pull away, and because you can’t reach it to clean it out, bacteria can get in and decay can start again.
7. Bleaching weakens the teeth
Is there any basis behind this fear? Not really. Bleaching only alters the color of the teeth, not its strength and hardness. Bleaching products are safe if used as per the manufacturer’s instructions.
These are just a few of the dental myths that you may have heard but there are many more in circulation. Please stay tuned to our blog as we continue to correct wrong dental information that can cause you unnecessary future complications.