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Oral Health Myths Debunked

Oral Health Myths Debunked

It is commonplace for patients to have their own set of beliefs, whether they are from experience, their education or maybe word of mouth. Some beliefs are sometimes ludicrous while others make more sense. Regardless this Irvine sedation dentist knows how easy it is to believe in something, when we feel like it’s credible. Oral health is a department where several people beg to differ on what is good or bad for their chompers. As an Irvine sedation dentist, I feel it is my job to debunk some popular ones, if not for a healthier smile; for knowledge’s sake!

Oral Health Myth #1: We are born with weak teeth

This is absolutely not true. Many patients come in believing that they just have naturally ‘weak teeth,’ that allow them to be more susceptible to tooth decay or disease. However, ‘dentally speaking,’ ‘weak teeth’ means developmental defects for dentists. Of course, there are some effects caused by systemic illness or genetics, however, outside of these factors; lifestyle is the largest contributor to oral health. So much is preventable. That is what’s so great about healthcare.

Oral Health Myth #2: My teeth don’t bother me, so I don’t have to visit the dentist

The reality is that often times we don’t know if there is something wrong until it is too late. Many times gum disease does not prevent itself until it is so far along that drastic treatment must be taken. Furthermore, there are conditions that may not necessarily raise a red flag for you but should be treated. For example, teeth grinding, bleeding gums, teeth sensitivity or teeth flatness.

Oral Health Myth #3: My Gums are bleeding, so I shouldn’t brush so much.

If your gums are bleeding it seems natural to let them be, so they can ‘heal.’ However, gums aren’t like other parts of your body. When gums bleed it is a sign that food and plaque have accumulated and are therefore irritating your mouth. The best thing to do is to brush to remove all possible irritants. Gum bleeding can also be a sign that you are flossing or brushing too vigourously. Gentleness and consistency is key to a perfect smile, remember that!

Oral Health Myth #4: My breath smells, so I’m not brushing properly.

Bad breath can be caused by a number of different factors. This of course includes poor hygiene, but it can also mean that the foods you are eating are causing a pungent odor. Dehydration and illness also plays a role.

Pregnancy and Dental Care

I know that this Irvine family dentist has no first hand knowledge when it comes to pregnancy, but what I do know is that pregnancy is a beautiful journey that ends with a beautiful gift: a baby. This journey is unique and often times filled with weird cravings, swollen feet and of course a swarm of other specific issues.

Some of these issues happen to be dental! The reality is this: pregnancy can lead to a number of dental problems in women, including gum disease; as well as increased risk of tooth decay. This is because when a woman is pregnant, hormone levels increase; which can typically sometimes worsen your body’s response to plaque.

That is not to say that pregnancy automatically ruins smiles. That old wives tale about tooth loss for each baby born is completely false. However, that being said, this Irvine family dentist still likes to take certain precautions. Some of these are increasing your supplement of Vitamin D and Calcium. Others are exercising proper dental hygiene (i.e.—brushing your teeth twice a day, flossing, and visiting your dentist regularly). Also, when at the dentist, be sure to mention that you’re not glowing due to a recent Caribbean vacation! Remember that the demands of pregnancy on the body should not be overlooked! It is estimated that about 18 out of every 100 premature births are triggered by periodontal disease!

For more information on pregnancy and oral health, contact your Irvine family dentist today at (949) 857-1270!