- Myth – extraction (removal) of upper teeth often affects vision.
Fact – By undertaking treatment of the upper teeth including extraction, one’s vision cannot be affected
- Myth – One set of newly fabricated artificial teeth will last a lifetime
Fact – Tissues upon which the new teeth are placed change over a period of time. Hence artificial teeth need to be modified accordingly if it will last a lifetime
- Myth – Removal of plaque and tartar (brownish to yellowish dark sticky stuff on the teeth) loosens the teeth.
Fact – Teeth are held firmly within the bone by ligaments.Tartar or calculus can sometimes bind the teeth together if left untouched for a long time and cause gum disease. After their removal there may be slight mobility of the teeth, however this is necessary to ensure recovery of the health of the supporting structures.
- Myth – Dental Procedures or treatments are always painful
Fact – Gone are the days when most dental procedures were painful. Nowadays, most of the procedures are done under local anaesthesia and hence are painless.
- Myth – Dental treatment cannot be done at all during pregnancy.
Fact – Dental treatment can only be done during the second trimester of pregnancy (4-6 months). But during the first or last trimester, only emergency dental procedures is advisable to provide pain relief.
- Myth – Cleaning of teeth is better with a finger and cotton wool than a toothbrush.
Fact – Toothbrushes and some chewing sticks can remove plaque and calculus from almost all the teeth and its surfaces and are more effective when compared to cleaning with a finger and cotton wool.
- Myth – An infant doesn’t need any cleaning of teeth
Fact – As soon as the teeth start to erupt, regular cleaning should commence to ensure good oral hygiene
- Myth – Milk teeth decay need not be treated as they are going to fall off anyways.
Fact – Milk teeth need special care as much as the adult teeth. If left untreated when decayed, it would cause pain and that would lead to difficulty in chewing. Also if they are lost earlier than the expected time, there would be drifting and misalignment of the erupting adult teeth.
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- Myth –It is better not to brush the teeth when one notices the gums bleed during tooth brushing
Fact – Bleeding is one of the signs and symptoms of inflammation of the gums. Bleeding gums often have plaque and tartar and require professional cleaning to get rid of the underlying problem. Avoiding tooth brushing will accumulate more plaques thereby aggravating the problem. Hence cleaning followed by regular brushing with a medium textured toothbrush is recommended.
- Myth – One can relieve toothache by placing an aspirin tablet inside the tooth.
Fact – Aspirin tablets can burn the gum around the tooth. And it will not have any effect on the toothache if placed inside the tooth. However, it can provide some reliefs if the tablet is swallowed. Subsequently, the cause of the toothache should be investigated and treated.
- Myth – Root canal treatment (RCT) is very painful.
Fact – It is almost becoming painless nowadays with better anaesthetic techniques,
- Myth – Root canal treatments require lot of dental visits in Nigeria.
Fact – With newer techniques, single visits are gaining rapid popularity in Nigeria.
- Myth – Root canal treated teeth do not necessarily require crowns.
Fact – Root canal treated teeth often become brittle and weak, hence it is advisable to crown such teeth and prevent the dislodgement of the fillings placed above it and hence prolong the lifespan.
- Myth – Even after doing a root canal, tooth will eventually fall out.
Fact – After doing a proper root canal treatment and maintaining good oral hygiene the tooth can last as long as you live.
- Myth – If the tooth is not painful, there is no need for a root canal treatment.
Fact – Sometimes after passing through the very painful acute phase, the decayed tooth may not be painful again for a long time. However if the infection has reached the tooth pulp/nerve then a root canal treatment is mandatory irrespective of whether the tooth is painful or not.
- Myth – Expensive toothpastes are considered better than cheaper ones.
Fact –The effectiveness of a toothpaste not related to its cost. READ ABOUT HOW TO CHOOSE TOOTHPASTE HERE
- Myth – A sugarless chewing gum along with xylitol after a meal can be a substitute to brushing.
Fact – sugarless gums are good but cannot be a substitute to mechanical and chemical cleaning of teeth with tooth brush.
- Myth – If the tooth is white in colour, then it is healthy.
Fact –Though, milk teeth are normally whiter, generally speaking white teeth may look apparently healthy and still have many holes and decayed areas and problems with the root that would require dental treatment. Teeth are white during onset of caries and too much fluoride use ,yet they are not healthy clinically
- Myth – Good dental health can be inherited.
Fact – Inheritance plays a very minor role in dental health. ABC (Attention, Brushing, Check-ups) of oral health is key to maintaining good oral health.
- Myth – It is better to remove the wisdom tooth because they usually cause problems.
Fact – Wisdom teeth need not be removed even if they are impacted till they become symptomatic and cause dental problems. READ ABOUT PROBLEMS OF WISDOM TOOTH HERE
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