Have you ever heard of a tooth worm? Probably not. But, if you had pain in your smile thousands of years ago, the “experts” may tell you that this is precisely the problem. Thankfully, the tooth worm myth has long been debunked due to modern dentistry. However, there are still many myths that surround dental care, impacting the oral health of all who subscribe to them. Read on to uncover the truth about the most common dental health myths.
Myth #1: White Teeth are Healthy Teeth
About 1/3 of Americans don’t see their dentist unless something looks or feels wrong. However, beautiful, straight, white teeth can still be unhealthy. Cavities and infections often show up without any noticeable symptoms, which is why routine checkups and cleanings are vital. These appointments prevent and detect oral health issues before they become more serious, allowing patients to enjoy their beautiful smiles while maintaining good oral hygiene.
Myth #2: Brushing Your Gums Make Them Bleed
Many patients avoid brushing their gums because they see blood. However, your gums are much stronger than you may think. If you see blood when brushing or flossing, chances are that you have some form of gum disease. This infection is typically caused by plaque and tartar buildup. Thankfully, it can be completely reversed if caught early on, but if treatment is prolonged, gum disease can lead to serious oral and overall health effects like bone deterioration, tooth loss, and increased risk of heart problems.
Myth #3: Teeth Whitening is Dangerous
Many people want white teeth, and that’s no surprise. Studies show that a bright, white smile makes people automatically perceive you as younger, healthier, and more successful. However, there is a myth that teeth whitening isn’t safe because it involves bleaching teeth. While there are some at home remedies that can hurt your oral health, professional whitening treatment is safer and more effective than ever before.
Myth #4: Aspirin Directly on Toothaches
Have you ever heard of placing aspirin in between your cheek and tooth to cure your aching? The rationale is that this can provide faster and longer lasting relief for pain. However, aspirin only works when it’s been absorbed by the bloodstream, and it’s mostly used for headaches. If you have a toothache that is painful enough to warrant over the counter pain medication, call your dentist immediately to schedule an appointment.
Ready to take control of your dental care? Don’t let myths and untrue remedies affect your oral health. Remember to brush, floss, and see your dentist regularly for a healthy and happy smile.
Meet the Dentist
Dr. Edward J. Dooley understands that education is the key to healthy smiles, which is why he wants you to know the truth behind some of the most common dental myths. He offers various dental services to prevent and detect dental problems before they get worse. If you have any questions, Dr. Dooley can be reached through his website or by phone at (732) 974-2288.