We have covered dental myths in the past, but we have more! There are so many different myths that people believe about their teeth, that we have plenty left to debunk.
- Teeth Whitening Hurts your enamel
This isn’t true for professional teeth whitening. It can cause some tenderness, but it doesn’t hurt the enamel. However, we can’t guarantee this when it comes to take-home whitening kits.
- If you don’t feel anything, then you don’t need to visit the dentist
Dental care is ideally preventative care, and not restorative. This means that you should always visit at least twice per year, instead of just every once and awhile. While some people want to avoid this cost, it is actually much more expensive to have to fix a major issue, then just have a standard cleaning.
- Chewing gum can replace brushing
This is not true, while it does help with your oral health (sugar-free gum only), it doesn’t replace brushing. Our recommendation is to brush your teeth twice per day, floss and use mouthwash, and lastly chew gum after meals. This generates saliva and this will help flush bacteria off your teeth.
- You shouldn’t go to the dentist while pregnant
While it is true that certain procedures and medicines are off limits when someone is pregnant, but visiting the dentist is still important. If you have any concerns about things such as X-rays, then you should talk to your dentists and they will be to advise you in regards to the safety of your baby.
- Removing your wisdom teeth will prevent crowding
While this may prevent it, it isn’t a guarantee. Even without your wisdom teeth, it is possible to have teeth crowding, and you should talk to your dentist if you feel like your teeth are getting crowded.
These are just 5 more myths that we hear all the time but aren’t true. Before believing something, you should do some research, and talk to your dentist to find out if something you’ve heard is true.