Far too many tales are told about teeth, ranging from scary to wacky and everything in between. Find out if they’re fact or fiction!
1. “White teeth are healthy teeth.”
Pearly white does not necessarily mean healthy. Some of the whitening ingredients in toothpastes and mouthwashes can also create an image of perfection, but cavities, gum disease and other dental issues could lurk beneath the surface.
2. “Pregnant women should postpone dental visits.”
Not at all! Regular dental care is strongly encouraged during pregnancy. According to the American Dental Association, pregnant women are more likely to develop periodontal diseases, gum infections that can result in bleeding, sensitivity and loss of tooth support. Mulberry-shaped lumps between the teeth, called “pregnancy tumors,” can also emerge. These are non-cancerous and should go away after pregnancy, but can also be removed.
Pregnant women should inform their dentist of their pregnancy so treatment plans can be adjusted accordingly. Certain procedures and medications may be postponed to avoid any health risks to the baby.
3. “Hot or cold food will crack your teeth.”
It is true that cracks or lines could happen from extreme changes in the temperature of your teeth, but these are usually too shallow to pose a major threat. If you spot a crack, it’s always best to have a dentist take a look. In the rare case that the crack is deep, chewing can widen it and expose sensitive nerves.
4. “Don’t worry about brushing baby teeth – they fall out anyway.”
While baby teeth will eventually fall out, starting with poor dental habits can cause a lifetime of oral health problems. Baby teeth are placeholders for permanent teeth and are important for healthy nutrition. Find out more about the importance of early oral hygiene. Teach children to brush and floss regularly to save them from painful cavities and gum disease, now and later in life.
5. “Bleaching your teeth is bad for you.”
Today’s bleaching treatments use PH-neutral solutions that are absolutely safe for you and your teeth. Treatments may cause tooth sensitivity, but just temporarily.
There’s a chance for an element of truth in any saying you hear, but unless the advice comes from your dentist, don’t let it impact your oral care. Get your dentist’s professional opinion on dental matters or questions that interest you during your next appointment. Or if you’re pressed for time, call us for immediate clarification.