Friday, June 29th, 2018
Many British Columbians suffer from improper or inadequate knowledge about dental care. Dental problems are often easy to prevent but are allowed to continue for too long because people don’t know about them or don’t think these problems will seriously affect their health. If you want to maintain the best health possible, it’s important to know the truth behind these common dental myths.
“I don’t need to see the dentist until I’m in pain.”
Some people, especially those without health insurance, think of the dentist as an emergency service to help when you have a terrible toothache or a tooth is knocked out. This definitely isn’t true, however – the dentist can help clean and maintain your teeth so that you avoid diseases and conditions caused by poor dental hygiene. Rather than fixing problems as they come up, focusing on preventing dental problems is important.
“I just need to brush my teeth to keep them clean.”
Brushing regularly is a great way to clean your teeth, but it isn’t all you need to do. Brushing only covers two-thirds of the surface of your tooth, but flossing gets in the cracks where plaque and food can get stuck to keep the whole tooth clean in conjunction with brushing. You should brush twice a day and floss once a day if you want to keep them clean, plus get your teeth cleaned by your dentist on a regular basis. Even the best brushing and flossing can’t get all the plaque off!
“My dental health doesn’t matter as much as the rest of my body.”
It might seem like your dental health is a separate matter altogether, but it affects the health of the rest of your body and vice versa. If you can’t chew food, speak, or smile properly, your lifestyle is affected and your quality of living can decrease. Even inflammatory mouth conditions are linked to inflammatory conditions elsewhere in your body, including heart disease and diabetes. You need to make sure your teeth and mouth are healthy if you want to maintain overall health.
Don’t let these common dental myths fool you! Regular checkups, proper daily dental habits, and learning the truth about your dental health will help you stay healthy and have a clean, fresh smile every day.