There’s a number of recurring myths surrounding dental health which may prevent you from visiting your dentist for a check-up. Brush up your knowledge on these 5 fictional facts…
You’ll know when you need a filling
People believe that once you experience toothache then it’s a sign that you have tooth decay and time to visit the dentist. Unfortunately by the time you have continuous toothache this is often too late. The pain may be due to severe decay in the tooth and you may require extraction. Small cavities may go unnoticed for a while, so it’s important to have regular visits to your dentist in order to spot them sooner.
The whiter your teeth, the healthier they are
Although your teeth may look white and healthy, this can be deceptive as it provides no idea of what’s going on in the areas that aren’t visible. Although the colour of teeth differs depending on the individual, you can keep them as white as possible by brushing regularly with fluoride toothpaste, as well as avoiding substances such as tea, coffee and red wine which are likely to stain.
Avoid brushing your bleeding gums
Bleeding gums may be the sign of a plaque build-up that causes inflammation, so brushing your gums will be beneficial in order to remove the unhealthy area. You may need to clean your teeth more efficiently, but it’s definitely worth getting them checked as bleeding from brushing can be a sign of gum disease.
You must visit a dentist every 6 months
How often you visit your dentist will depend on your oral health, and your dentist will be able to inform you how frequently you should attend a check-up. The timeframe will differ depending on the person but if you have a good level of oral health, you may not have to visit more than once every two years.
Putting aspirin next to a tooth will help toothache
If you’re suffering from toothache in one of your teeth, many people believe that if you place an aspirin next to it, the pain will reduce. However, this is untrue and my cause further problems for the tooth itself and the surrounding area. The aspirin must be swallowed in order to ease your pain, and with it being an acidic, holding it on the soft tissue in your mouth could burn your gum tissue and potentially cause damage.