Debunking Dental Health Myths: 7 Things That We Believe But Aren’t True

There are several myths about dental care that people think to be true. This article has seven common myths and facts related to them.

Chanchal Sengar
Written by: Chanchal SengarUpdated at: Oct 15, 2019 15:30 IST
Debunking Dental Health Myths: 7 Things That We Believe But Aren’t True

There is a myriad of myths about dental health that people believe to be true. However, these are nothing but mere baseless information that even science doesn’t support. Dentists come across several queries from patients that have no relevance to dental science. Believing these kinds of myths only affects out health and wellness. Here are 7 common myths about dental health that we should stop believing.

Myth 1: Dental cleaning may trigger tooth sensitivity.

Fact: Teeth Scaling or cleaning of the tooth is a non-invasive process that only and only cleans the outer covering or tooth enamel. It helps to eliminate deposits or plaque on the tooth which otherwise causes damage to the tooth. Only the tartar is removed during the cleaning process which has no connection with tooth sensitivity. 

Myth 2: Brushing harder would make your teeth cleaner.

Fact: Brushing at a normal speed is suggested by dentists as vigorous brushing can lead to tooth abrasion. Many people think that brushing teeth hardly would whiten their teeth instantly, which is not true. You just have to follow a proper cleaning process to clean them instead of putting strength.

Myth 3: Don’t brush when your gums bleed.

Fact: While bleeding gums is an oral problem that signals gum inflammation. It is also called gingivitis. Brushing won’t impact your oral health in any manner. Instead, it will help to eliminate all the harmful bacteria from your mouth. 

Myth 4: Tooth extraction from upper jaw affects vision.

Fact: Not at all. Your eyes aren’t connected with teeth. Optic nerves are responsible for your vision and it is not linked to the upper jaw. Tooth extraction won’t impact your eyesight. You must not believe such rumors.

Also Read: How to Prevent Tooth Cavities

Myth 5: Removing wisdom tooth impacts brain health.

Fact: Any wisdom tooth in unrelated to mind or brain health. Wisdom teeth are the molars that may erupt at any time but they are highly likely to erupt between 18-26 years of age. They are in fact, linked to wisdom.

Myth 6: Oral care isn’t necessary for infants.

Fact: We agree that infants don't have teeth but that doesn't mean they don’t need oral care. Their dental hygiene is more important as cleaning their delicate mouth is a tough job. It is prone to getting bacteria as sometimes milk residues are left in their mouths that may cause a cavity.

Also Read: How your teeth change with age

Myth 7: Braces hurt.

Fact: Braces are important to align your teeth. These do not cause any harm to your teeth as they are made up of composite which is safe for your oral health. Also, the procedure is totally painless and you won’t suffer any sort of pain during that. So, If you feared to get braces because of this myth, visit your dentist now and get them planted. 

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