7 Troubling Dental Myths, Pt 2

7 Troubling Dental Myths, Pt 2

At Yonge Eglinton Dental Care in Toronto, we have a proven track record of excellent customer service, unmatched dental practices, and loyal patients who’ve been with us for years. There are many reasons for this faithful following, one of the most common is due to the fact that we treat our patients the same way we would treat our own families. If you’re in need of dental services, stop by our dental clinic at the corner of Yonge and Eglinton. We’d love to put on on the path to great dental health.
In part one of our dental myth blog series, we discussed some of the most popular dental myths that are floating around. People tend to believe all kinds of rumors and misconceptions regarding their dental health. Despite what some people believe, you can’t fool your dentist into believing that you floss every day if you don’t, teeth whitening won’t ruin your teeth, and dental problems don’t always stay in the mouth. It makes sense that these myths have deceived us, but since knowledge is power, it’s time to set the record straight. In today’s blog, we’re going to discuss a few more dental myths that have been spread around like wildfire.

Myth #4 – A dental visit always hurts

This is a dental rumor that we can easily put to rest. For some strange reason, people who dread going to the dentist often tend to dramatize their experiences and this idea takes root in the minds of others. The truth is, if you go to the dentist while keeping an open mind, you’ll most likely be pleasantly surprised at the lack of pain involved.
Most dental visits don’t hurt and it’s vital to always remember: your Toronto dentist is always going to be thinking of your comfort. Your well-being and pain-free experience is so important to them; after all, they know what they’re doing, and you’ll thank them later when you’re no longer experiencing the pain of a deep cavity or an infected tooth. There is no need to be scared of the dentist.

Myth #5 – Medications don’t affect oral health

It might make sense in our minds to believe that medication shouldn’t affect our teeth. However, that’s not always the case. Unfortunately, if you happen to be taking any one of five hundred medications for treating things like cancer, high blood pressure, depression, allergies, and even the common cold, your teeth might be suffering too.
These prescriptions can cause something called “dry mouth,” which occurs when there is a lack of saliva in your oral cavity, and it can lead to a to a buildup of plaque, dry gum tissue, and even gum disease. We understand how difficult of a position this may be putting you in. Obviously, if you’re reliant on your prescription — and let’s face it, you probably wouldn’t be taking the meds if you didn’t need them, you might have to prioritize your necessary prescriptions over the condition of your teeth. But because each situation is different, consult your Toronto dentist to see if there is anything else that can be done.

Myth #6 – Baby teeth don’t need to be cared for

We can understand where this myth comes from; many people feel that if their child will be losing all of their baby teeth anyway by the time they’re 12 or 13, what’s the point going to great lengths to take care of them. This is such a sad myth though. As anyone in the dental industry can tell you, the five to ten years that your child has their baby teeth could be crucial for their overall health if those teeth are not in good condition. Gum disease and pulp infections can affect children as well as adults, so make sure that your child is taking care of their teeth and that they’re getting in to see the dentist twice per year.

Myth #7 – Every toothpaste is created equal

It’s common to believe that if a person has a tooth sensitivity or allergy, then there is no toothpaste that is any better than another because all toothpaste varieties are the same. This isn’t the case. While it may be true that many of the common brands of toothpaste have similar ingredients, there are plenty of high-quality options when it comes to specialty toothpaste for people who have tooth sensitivities or allergies. This means that you don’t have to consistently suffer through your brushing routine, and you don’t have to DIY your own paste with baking soda. Explore all of the great options available to you and check with your Yonge Eglinton dentist to make sure that your chosen brand will work best for you.
With so many rumors out there, it’s easy to believe one or more dental misconceptions. However, if you ever have questions about the best ways to care for your teeth, make sure that you’re reaching out to your Toronto dental professionals.

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Thanks for joining us for our two-part blog series on some of the biggest dental myths. Make sure that you check out our website to learn about our services and reach out to us to schedule your dental appointment today!