Statistics show that most people are afraid of going to the dentist. The idea of sitting in a recliner chair just scares most people. This has led to most people avoiding this visit. People will only visit a dentist when they have severe toothache because at that point they cannot avoid the dreaded visit. This is not advisable because extreme dental problems are not only more painful but also expensive to treat.
Myths are also another defense mechanism that people have developed to avoid going to the dentist. Some of the dental myths have been ingrained in our culture for very long and it is difficult to tell what is fact or fiction. False information about dental issues can be extremely dangerous. Some of the common dental myths are:
- Bleaching will weaken your teeth- everybody wants their teeth to be sparkling white. It is part of the essence of a beautiful smile. Most people believe that all you need is to regularly brush or floss them to attain that perfect color. Sometimes, this is not enough and you might need to use a bleaching product to whiten them. There are a variety of products available in the market for this purpose. However, there is a fear that bleaching products might be harmful and weaken your teeth in the process. This is not true because bleaching products are designed to affect the color and not the health or strength of your teeth.
- Bad Breath means that you do not brush your teeth well- we are always very quick to judge when someone has a foul breath coming from their mouth. We believe that poor dental hygiene is the cause of bad breath. This is true in some cases. However, the major culprit for bad breath is not poor hygiene but foods. The foods you eat play a major role in determining the kind of smell that comes from your mouth. Garlic and onions will give your mouth bad odor regardless of how much you brush your teeth or floss. Diseases can also be a cause of the foul smell.
- Stop brushing if your gums are bleeding- this seems logical on the surface. However, when dealing with your gums, this is far from the truth. In fact you should do the opposite. Bleeding gums are a sign that plaque has accumulated on your gum line and they are inflamed and irritated. Brushing is what will remove all the dirt and stop the bleeding.