3 Most Common Dental Health Myths
In the world of overall health and wellness, oral health, despite being one of the most important facets of overall health and wellness, is also one of the most often ignored. While we are generally intended to visit the dentist at least 2-4 times per year, many of us, even the most healthy of us can go years between dental appointments. And for the most part we assume because our teeth are clean, and not in pain our oral health is fine. This is far from the truth, as many conditions can prove to be asymptomatic until it’s too late to realize how much damage they have truly been able to do. As the top dentist Rego Park has to offer, Dr. Bella Normatov of Soft Touch Dental has helped countless patients to alleviate a wide variety of dental health ailments – from the most common of cavities to more involved issues requiring outside help or long surgical procedures. In her many years of dental experience Dr. Normatov has heard it all from her patients, and as the top dentist Rego Park has in practice, she does her due diligence on setting patients right whenever possible. From dispelling rumors and myths, to trying to get them to visit her more often, she strives to help her patients achieve the best oral health they can. Here are some of the most interesting myths or misconceptions she has come across over the years.
· “Only Visit the Dentist When You are in Pain”
This is completely in line with most of our rational, as we have a strong tendency to ignore our overall oral health no matter how important it might be to us. According to Dr. Normatov however, as the top dentist Rego Park has to offer, she believes that the old adage “prevention is better than the cure” is something to live by. And for the most part, dental health appointments do just that, prevent future damage that is to come – helping to ensure that these certain pain and dental damage issues never occur and your teeth and gums are always in tip-top, healthy shape!
· “Cavities are Fine, Those are Just Baby Teeth!”
This is a common occurrence for pre-teens and young children, and parents who are unaware of the consequences. Many children hold the belief that it is fine to eat all the candy and sweets they want and take little care of your baby teeth, as they will just fall out anyway. This could not be farther from the truth. Baby teeth are vital, and not taking care of them can result in them falling out prematurely. They provide the necessary space for permanent teeth to line up underneath the gums and grow in properly. Cavities in baby teeth—if not addressed right away—can cause tooth loss much earlier than is natural, resulting in a space. If this happens, a dentist can make an artificial space maintainer until the permanent tooth grows in, but baby teeth are the best natural space maintainers.
· “I can Brush Whenever I want, I Doesn’t Have to Be in the Morning”
Brushing is recommended at least twice per day, and often individuals believe these two occurrences can happen whenever they feel. This could not be farther from the truth. In fact, according to Dr. Normatov, the top dentist Rego Park has practicing, at night when we sleep, our salivary glands produce less saliva. During the day our saliva flow is higher and it provides a cleansing effect that we don’t get at night. In general, those with dry mouth (whether naturally or due to medication) have more cavities because they have less natural saliva cleansing their mouth and washing away food particles. So, when we don’t brush our teeth at night before bed, those food particles sit on our teeth all night and contribute to tooth decay over time. Brushing in the morning not only fights decay but also helps fight bad breath.
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