According to a German legend from the Middle Ages, people believed kissing a donkey would take away tooth pain. Luckily, that theory was dispelled long ago, and donkeys are now kept separate from dentistry.
But, there are still some dental misconceptions lurking out there which need to be debunked. Here are some of them:
I Can Wait To See My Dentists Until It’s An Emergency
When it comes to oral health, prevention is important. Keeping your appointments with your dentist and dental hygienist can help you spot and treat any dental health problems before they become serious. Poor oral hygiene can increase the risks for disease in other parts of the body, like the heart. Bacteria that spread to the heart can cause damage as well as inflammation. So don’t wait until your oral health affects your overall health.
Sugar-Free Sodas Don’t Affect My Teeth
While sugar does contribute to tooth decay, it isn’t the only factor. Sugar-free sodas contain carbohydrates and acids, which result in plaque when combined with bacteria and saliva. If your teeth aren’t cleaned thoroughly, the plaque buildup can lead to cavities and gingivitis.
Gum Bleeding Means You Should Stop Flossing
Gum bleeding indicates that there’s inflammation around your tooth or that there are still food particles stuck between your teeth. When you disturb the leftover buildup with the floss, your gums get irritated and they start to bleed. Flossing will never have a negative effect on your oral health. Do NOT stop flossing because your gums are bleeding.
Children Don’t Need To Take Care Of Their Baby Teeth - They’re Temporary Anyway
Baby teeth are as important as permanent teeth - even if they will fall out eventually. Tooth decay during childhood can impact how adult teeth form under the gums. If children don't learn how to properly perform good oral hygiene practices, it will be harder to keep up their oral health habits as they grow older. So, please continue encouraging and educating your children on the importance of brushing and flossing daily.
If you suffer from toothache or have any other dental concerns, rest assured that our team at Kildonan Crossing Dental Centre won’t make you kiss a donkey for relief. We provide up-to-date dental services and are ready to help you and your family with your dental needs. You can find us in the strip mall at the northwest corner of Lagimodiere Boulevard and Regent Avenue.