April 14 2017
It is common knowledge that most people are afraid of visiting a dentist. It has been reported by the office of the surgeon general that 4.3 % of Americans never visit a dentist’s office.
Over the years unnecessary anxiety and stress have built up around dental care leading to the creation of several myths. Most people believe in these myths without taking time to find out the truth. They have become so ingrained in our culture such it is not easy to tell what is true and not true. The following are 5 most common myths associated with dental care:
-A stiff toothbrush is most suitable for your teeth
There is no truth in this at all. In actual fact, stiff-bristled toothbrushes can actually cause damage to the enamel of your teeth, exposing you to serious dental health issues. Dentists usually recommended a toothbrush with medium or soft bristles.
-It is necessary to remove your wisdom teeth
As a matter of fact, most people experience jaw pain as well as other problems from their wisdom teeth. However, there is no need for removing your wisdom teeth if they do not give you any problems when they grow in.
- There is no need to take care of your children’s baby teeth
A good number of parents believe that regular brushing, paying visits to a dentist, as well as good dental hygiene is not necessary for young children because they will eventually lose their milk teeth. This is not true because of the following reasons:
-Poor dental hygiene can lead to dental health problems that can eventually cause teeth to fall out prematurely. In addition, the adult teeth of these children may grow incorrectly.
-It sets a bad example to your children as far as dental care is concerned. They may fail to practice good dental care when they grow up.
- Believing that because of your parents’ good dental health, you will not experience dental problems yourself
It is a fact that the genes you inherited from your parents may make you less vulnerable to dental problems. However, poor dental care will certainly lead to dental health problems irrespective of your genetic inheritance.
-You only need to visit your dentist whenever you experience a problem with your teeth
The fact of the matter is that you need to visit your dentist for a dental checkup once every six months. Your doctor is always in a better position to detect problem long before you notice them yourself.