According to The National Center for Biotechnology Information, more than one in three people suffer from dental anxiety, and one in 10 consider their anxiety severe. Why all the fear? One culprit is dental myths and urban legends. Today, let’s address those dental myths and misconceptions!
5 Dental Myths Debunked
“The two biggest fear-busters are knowledge and action.” – Denis Waitley
One of the best ways to alleviate anxiety is to separate fact from fiction, so let’s review some common dental myths and facts. Misconceptions about the dentist can dim your smile, harm your health, and cost you money. So, it’s time to dispel the five most common dentist myths.
Dental Myth #1: Dental Implants Are Too Expensive
Many people assume they can’t afford dental implants. So, they put off the appointments and try to live with the pain. While cost is one of the most common myths about dental implants, there’s not much truth to the misconception.
Are there upfront costs? Yes. But, over the life of the investment, you get much more bang for your buck.
Dental Myth #2: The Harder You Brush, The Cleaner Your Teeth
When it comes to brushing, easy does it! The gentler, the better. Brushing too hard can wear down your enamel, making you more susceptible to tooth decay. Hard brushing can also damage your teeth, irritate gums, and exacerbate receding gum lines. Our recommendation at Peace Haven Family Dentistry? Use a soft-bristled brush to clean your teeth for two minutes, twice per day.
Dental Myth #3: Flossing Isn’t Necessary
If you don’t floss regularly, you are not alone. According to the American Dental Association, 73% of Americans admitted that they would rather go grocery shopping than floss their teeth. But being in good company doesn’t mean it’s a good idea to skip flossing.
Taking just two extra minutes each day to clean between your teeth will help you reach 33% more of your mouth than your toothbrush would alone. In addition, patients who floss regularly are less likely to experience plaque build-up, gingivitis (gum disease), and bad breath and reduce their risk of heart disease.
Dental Myth #4: Cavities Don’t Count in Baby Teeth
Since baby teeth are going to fall out, those cavities don’t matter, right? Wrong! It’s essential to encourage healthy dental habits from a young age. Here’s a little-known fact: tooth decay in baby teeth can impact how adult teeth form under the gums.
It’s best to begin preventative dental care as soon as your child has more than two teeth—or by the age of one. Healthy foundations, including daily brushing and flossing and regular cleanings, will set your kids up for success.
Dental Myth #5: Sugar-Free Soda Is Better for Your Teeth
Do you get a free pass for your favorite diet drinks? Unfortunately, when it comes to protecting your teeth, the answer is no. While that no-sugar soda might be better for your diet, it could be wearing down the enamel on your teeth.
Sugar is one of the leading causes of cavities. But strong enamel protects your teeth from damage and decay. So, the best way to keep your teeth in tip-top shape is to avoid soda altogether.
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Hopefully, this post helped arm you with the information you need to take good care of your teeth. Have other questions? At Peace Haven Family Dentistry, your smile is our top priority, and we’re always here to help.