Myth 1 – if I brush my teeth really well right before a dental appointment, they won’t notice that I haven’t been following proper brushing habits.
Not brushing twice a day can lead to the formation of plaque and bleeding and swollen gums which the dentist or hygienist will notice, that is why brushing twice a day is extremely important, and it makes for pain free dental cleaning when you do go in.
Myth 2 – if I brush a lot more often, it is better
This is counter-intuitive. If you brush more than two times a day it can actually have adverse effects on your teeth. The abrasive nature of the toothpaste can cause wear as brushing too much can put a strain on your enamel that is not being give enough time to recover. These can lead to dental problems. In between your ‘twice a day’ brushing habits, it is much better to rinse your mouth with water and chew a piece of sugar-free gum to prevent plaque buildup.
Myth 3 – if I go for dental treatments while I’m pregnant it could be bad for the baby
A dental check up is recommended for women during pregnancy and it does absolutely no harm to your unborn child. Local anesthetics and x-rays are alright as well, but should only be done if there is no other alternative. Please inform your dentist that you are pregnant before receiving treatment because there are some things that should be avoided altogether, such as an amalgam removal or the taking of antibiotics. These things could potentially cause risks to your unborn child. Talking to your dentist is the best way to avoid anything negative.
Myth 4 – if my gums are bleeding while I’m brushing or flossing, it is better to stop immediately
If you notice that your gums are bleeding before, during or after brushing or flossing, this is a sign that your gums are not healthy. When there is plaque and debris that accumulates around the teeth, especially in the pocket [or sulcus], of a gum around the tooth, this leads to inflammation of the gums. When these pockets are clean and there is no debris located within, the gum tissue will heal properly and bleeding will not occur. Daily brushing ad flossing in conjunction with professional cleanings when visiting your dentist will keep your gum tissue healthy and prevent bleeding.
Myth 5 – but those gum injections are so painful
Also, not the case. Mind you, getting a gum injection is probably one of the lease pleasant procedures at the dentist, but with modern technology today, it can be completely painless. Often patients will have a pre-injection cream placed on the gum in order to completely numb it prior to the dental anesthetic being given. Both make the injection pain-free. On top of this, most dentists will also use different distraction techniques to try to take their patients minds away from what is happening. In any case, receiving a gum injection is no problem at all in this day and age.
We are dedicated to helping you debunk some of these myths that make us think going to the dentist is either scary or unimportant. We are only here to get you out of pain and prevent most of your future pain by educating you with hygiene care.