Demystifying the Myths Regarding Oral Health

Posted on 1/11/2021 by Ashley Miller
Demystifying the Myths Regarding Oral HealthAccording to the American Dental Association, more than 21% of Americans do not see their dentist even once a year. That's because many people lack the right information about oral hygiene, health, and lifestyle habits.

At Star City Dental, Dr. Melanie Fulton and Dr. Meghan Hungerford can help you debunk some misconceptions about oral health that prevent people from going to the dentist.

Myth 1: You Should Only Go To The Dentist When Your Teeth Hurt

Nothing can be so far from the truth. In reality, your teeth may have dental issues like cavities without you being any the wiser. In many cases, your teeth will only start hurting when the cavity has reached the dental pulp inside your tooth. At this point, your tooth cannot be restored with non-invasive methods like tooth filling and we may have to resort to root canal therapy to save your tooth.

Therefore, even if you do not have pain in your teeth, it is important to visit us at Star City Dental, so that we can check the health of your teeth and nip any issues in the bud.

Myth 2: Only Sugar Causes Cavities

Eating too much sugar increases your risk of tooth decay; however, even if you do not have a lot of sugar in your diet, you may still be at risk of dental cavities. Starchy food like rice and bread also contain carbs that turn into acid when they encounter bacteria in your mouth and can damage your teeth.
To make sure your teeth remain healthy and strong, do not miss your dental appointment with us.

Myth 3: White Teeth are Healthy Teeth

Tooth color varies from individual to individual and also changes as we age. Although white teeth look good, they are not the best indicator of good oral health. Even people who have white teeth may have cavities hidden between their teeth or have other infections and oral problems.

That is why it is always wise to keep your six-monthly dental appointments.

Myth 4: Your Teeth Will Be Cleaner If You Brush Harder

A lot of people brush their teeth aggressively because they think they can get rid of plaque more effectively this way. However, brushing your teeth hard can result in enamel erosion over time.

This means the defense of your teeth becomes weak allowing bacteria to cause cavities and invade your teeth easily. Brushing aggressively also hurts your gums leading to sores and bleeding.

Myth 5: You Don't Have to Brush Your Baby's Teeth

The ADA recommends that parents start brushing their baby's teeth as soon as their first tooth emerges. The sugars in a baby's food can lead to a buildup of plaque, resulting in an increased risk of dental decay and gum disease.

Use a small toothbrush to gently scrub your baby's teeth and do not forget to clean their gums with a soft gauze to get rid of plaque.
The health of your child's adult teeth is dependent on the health of their baby teeth. That is why it is essential that you take care of your baby's teeth.

As you can see, there are a lot of myths associated with oral health. However, none of them should dissuade you from getting the preventive dental care you need. If you want us to ensure the health of your teeth, call us today at (402) 858-0525.

Star City Dental

Dr. Melanie Fulton
Dr. Meghan Hungerford
Dr. Mimi Long

(402) 858-0525

4525 S. 86th Street, #A,
Lincoln, NE 68526-9277

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