There’s a lot of false information out there when it comes to our teeth and overall dental health. In this article, we’re going to dispel many of those common dentistry myths and help you get the facts straight so that you can take proper care of your teeth and gums. Keep reading to separate fact from fiction, and to avoid irreversible damage.
Whitening Strips are Safe for Your Teeth
The vast majority of whitening strips are safe to use, however, many of the cheaper strips sold online and off the shelf can actually damage your teeth. In order to give you that bright white smile, whitening strips use bleaching agents like hydrogen peroxide. If the levels of these agents are too high or too low, the strips can actually damage your enamel. High-quality strips can also harm your teeth if you don’t use the products as directed. So before you start to whiten your teeth with strips at home, make sure you talk to your dentist first and then follow their instructions carefully.
Dental X-Rays Cause Cancer
While high levels of radiation can lead to cancer, the amount of radiation that you undergo at the dentist is very low. In fact, dental x-rays have one of the lowest radiation levels compared to other medical procedures. To put it into perspective, the radiation emitted at the dental office is the same amount of exposure you would receive while travelling in an airplane for 1-2 hours.
Pregnant Women Should Avoid Seeing Their Dentist
This is another dentistry myth. Pregnant women should continue to visit their dentist to receive their regular checkups. While regular checkups and appointments remain beneficial, your family doctor may advise against dental x-rays and local anesthesia. It is important to discuss this with your family doctor prior to receiving such treatments. Be sure to disclose this with your dentist and dental hygienist.
The Harder You Brush, the Cleaner Your Teeth
The harder you brush, the more likely you are to experience bleeding gums, gum recession, and enamel loss. Gentle brushing – the right way – can remove any plaque buildup that aggressive brushing can’t. So ease up on your grip and use a soft bristle toothbrush instead to get a brighter smile.
The Whiter the Teeth, the Healthier the Smile
Yes, perfectly white teeth look great, but this does not always mean they are healthier. Just because your teeth are white, it doesn’t mean you are free from dental decay, gum disease or cavities. Most dental issues are not always obvious. If you whiten your teeth but don’t floss or brush properly, you’ll end up with a healthy-looking smile but still have underlying issues that will require more attention down the road.
There are a lot of dental myths out there that can damage your teeth and overall health. If you have any questions or concerns, contact us at Yazdani Family Dentistry today and one of our dentists will happy to assist you.