7 Troubling Dental Myths, Pt 1

7 Troubling Dental Myths, Pt 1

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In this day and age, even with the availability of the internet to fact check different things we’ve heard, we often fall prey to many misconceptions regarding almost anything. We are incredibly susceptible to a number of myths that we hear about so many things. We believe legends and folklore about celebrities’ lives, health, politics, weight loss advice, and last but not least, we’re also fairly quick to believe myths about our dental health.
Just like any other health-related topic, there are plenty of differing opinions when it comes to our oral health. But what’s the real story? In today’s two-part blog, we’ll look at some of the most common myths regarding our dental health, and we’ll do our best to give you some clarity. Continue reading to learn more!

Myth #1 – I can fool my dentist into believing that I floss regularly

We can probably all remember giving our teeth the quick once-over before heading out to go to our dental appointment. This might be the only time that you brush in the middle of the day, and it might be the first time you’ve flossed in weeks, but you’re determined to present the cleanest teeth possible to the dentist. As much as you’d like to believe that your quick actions are fooling your dental care provider, they’re not. Your Toronto dentist can always tell when you haven’t been brushing and/or flossing regularly. Here are some of the warning signs (even though you can’t hide these):

  • Large Amounts of Plaque and Tartar
  • One or More Cavities
  • Bleeding Gums

The bad news is that your dentist knows when you’re not flossing every day — the studies show that more than half of Americans don’t; the good news is that you can start picking up the slack now. By flossing daily, you can drastically improve the health of your teeth. And as we all know, there has never been a better time to put your dental health first.

Myth #2 – Professional teeth whitening is bad for my teeth

We’ve probably all heard this rumor; some of us are hesitant to whiten our teeth because we fear that the procedure will ruin them. However, this view is a little extreme. When done under the supervision of your Toronto dental professional, teeth whitening is safe, painless, and effective. We could not say the same of continual whitening at home because we can’t stand behind a product that we’re not familiar with.
It should also be stated that too many visits to your dentist for teeth whitened can eventually lead to a breakdown of tooth enamel. The only side-effect that is commonly reported is slight tooth sensitivity. If you’re ready to have the gorgeous, white smile that you’ve seen in the movies, contact your Toronto dentist at the corner of Yonge and Eglinton.

Myth #3 – My Dental Problems Always Stay in The Mouth

While it might make sense in our minds to believe that this isn’t the case, when dental problems become severe, they can lead to a host of other issues within our bodies. The poor health of your teeth can have significant effects on other parts of your body. Dental health issues can contribute to strokes, heart disease, certain cancers, and so much more. If your mouth happens to be a breeding ground for bacteria due to improper dental hygiene or poor dental habits, your body is going to work extra hard to fight off infection.
Think of your mouth as a window to the rest of your body. If your teeth are in poor condition, you could deal with additional health problems as a result. Additionally, for a pregnant woman who doesn’t take very good care of her teeth, the bacteria that forms in her mouth could eventually make its way into her bloodstream, and as a result, into her baby’s bloodstream. When we realize that it’s more than just our teeth at stake when we don’t practice smart dental habits, things become a bit more serious.
No matter what you’ve heard about your dental health, it’s always a good idea to listen to what your Toronto dental care provider has to say. That is the professional opinion that matters, so make sure that you heed it.
Thanks for sticking with us as we’ve learned about a few of the biggest misconceptions in the dental health world. Stay tuned for part two of our blog series which will be coming soon. In the meantime, check out our website to read about our services, learn about our story, and to contact Yonge Dentistry to schedule your dental cleaning, root canal, dental filling, an appointment for dental crowns, or tooth whitening session. We’d love to get you on the path to oral health.

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