As with many things, dental issues are full of misconceptions and distortions. These facts gone wrong, if believed, can be more than just annoying and can harm a person's dental health. Read on and get straightened out about some common dental distortions.
Pain is a sign you need to visit the dentist – This is one distortion that some people seem to believe but may not readily admit to. In this case, pain may be the least of your worries. Firstly, not all serious dental issues are accompanied by pain. It might surprise you to find, for example, that an infection in the gum, an abscess, may be making you feel horrible in general but may not be painful for some people. An abscess can send infection coursing throughout your body and make you very sick. Don't wait for pain to occur, have regular appointments as advised by your dentist and small issues that may later become painful can be dealt with.
You are doing a good thing by drinking only diet soft drinks. -- You, like everyone, probably know that sugar is bad for your teeth. That is not a myth. It's not just the sugar that is so bad when you consume soft drinks, however. The acid in most soft drinks, both sugar-free and sugar-filled, is the real villain (though sugar and acid together are bad too). Acid like the kind found in soft drinks can lead to an overgrowth of bacteria and that is the stuff that causes cavities. It's also damaging to your tooth enamel, causing it to etch and wear away.
Flossing can make your teeth separate – If flossing could produce spaces between the teeth, it might be used as a remedy for crowded teeth. Your teeth should not feel loose when you floss and if they do there is something else going on. Speak to your dentist about teeth that seem to be moving around or wiggly.
Brushing should be done whenever it's convenient – The reason for brushing after meals is to put a sudden stop to the harmful effects of food and drinks on your teeth. If you don't brush as soon as possible after eating, food particles can hang around and produce harmful and damaging bacteria. Another issue is saliva production, which slows to a crawl at night while we sleep. Since healthy amounts of saliva are important to constantly wash away bacteria, brushing right before turning in will ensure that your mouth stays healthy all night long.
Speak to your family dentist about these and any other dental distortions going around.Share
28 February 2022
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