Often people go to the dentist only when they feel severe pain. Many people, fear discomfort or justifying their unwillingness to go to the dentist due to lack of time, hear stories from their friends, or read articles on the Internet. Sometimes these sources provide inaccurate information which leads to making incorrect conclusions. It is very difficult to convince hesitant patients to come in for a checkup. This can hamper the preventative work of the doctor, and patients suffer discomfort. Meanwhile, treatment technologies are improving and procedures are becoming virtually painless.
We will tell you about all the misconceptions and myths, as well as try to understand if they are true, or fiction.
You must go to the dentist only when you suffer tooth pain
In an neglected condition, treatment will cost more. The procedure may be long and more invasive than treating the problem at the early stage of pain. You should visit a dentist once every six months, because only a specialist can see signs of oral cavity problems, and can make necessary action in time.
Visit to dentist is pain, fear and discomfort
Since childhood, many people are haunted by memories of a painful needle and drill being used. The thought of a shot with a needle leaves patients feeling uneasy and the loud squeal noise of the drill can be scary. Fortunately, this is part of the past. Very effective anesthesia for pain are administered with smaller needles that are virtually painless. The devices and instruments have become more advanced to be gentle and not as loud. Dental treatment is typically comfortable and painless when all the correct steps are taken. The patient should not feel pain during a procedure.
The more we brush the teeth, the whiter they are
Something your grandmother would tell you. When we stop brushing our teeth we can develop dental plaque, caries and tartar. This all leads to discoloration of the teeth. Caring for teeth is necessary, and keeps them whiter. Although it’s important not to overdo it with rough brushing because it can be very abrasive to the enamel. Things like baking soda, and strong whitening abrasive pastes can really damage the enamel of the teeth. Individual consultation of a dentist will provide you with advice on the proper care of teeth and methods of whitening, as well as what kind of toothbrush is better to use.
You should start cleaning teeth after breakfast
Since childhood, we are taught to brush our teeth after eating, which is right. But the bacteria formed in the mouth at night that sits on the teeth can also join with food, so before and after breakfast you need to brush your teeth and tongue.
Teeth need to be cleaned at least twice a day, and even more often. A professional dentist will tell you how many times it is desirable to brush your teeth depending on your health, the nature of the food you eat, and amount of dental plaque you have.
Baking Soda is the best means for teeth whitening
It is not advised to use baking soda as a whitening agent. When it is used, it can whiten your teeth, but it is a very strong abrasive agent and can damage your enamel. It etches the Enamel, and causes harm to the teeth. Therefore, it is better to not use baking soda for whitening.
If you believe advertisements, then whitening toothpastes just do wonders! Caries will be cured, and no need for dentists. However, jokes are jokes, but in fact these toothpastes, no matter how expensive and highly advertised they are, just remove some food stains from the enamel, but do not bleach them. While using the professional services of a dental office, you can properly whiten your teeth even up to three shades.
Aspirin, water with alcohol, and garlic help with tooth pain
Yes, after listening to advice, many people apply these “miracle tools” to a toothache. And in addition to their toothache, sometimes they suffer from more severe problems of inflammation of gums and oral mucosa. And toothache does not subside. Of course, it is a personal choice on what is bothersome to the patient and when to see a doctor, but if pain persists it is better to show dentist in a timely manner.
Sweets destroy teeth and are very harmful for teeth.
People with sweet tooth’s will be pleasantly surprised. Recently, scientists have established that dark chocolate with a high percentage of cocoa is good for the oral cavity. Anti-bacterial components in dark chocolate interfere with caries. Tannins in chocolate interfere with the reproduction of bacteria and stop it from growing. Things like carbonated soda beverages, sticky candies, and high sugary foods it is a necessity to brush your teeth or at least rinse your mouth with water.
Save your money, remove the tooth
Of course, the best option is to preserve the tooth, but it is not always possible. In any individual case, the decision should be made by a specialist. There are cases when even tooth with a healthy root should be removed, especially when it serves as a site of infection, which could risk bacteria entering the body. This can happen if there are gum problems. Sometimes it happens vice versa, a non-viable tooth at first sight can be cured and preserved. Always consult a dentist before extractions.