The biggest misconception about dental health is that many Americans don’t realize how important it is to care for their teeth. This often leads to gum disease and tooth loss, which puts the rest of your body in danger.
Firstly, your dentist can detect signs of other illnesses during a standard preventative exam, such as cancer or heart disease. When you see your dentist regularly for exams and cleanings, these diseases can be detected early on when treatment is most effective.
Cleaning not only removes plaque from your teeth but also from under your gums, which you can’t reach with a toothbrush.
Another misconception is that dentistry is expensive-but. This isn’t always true if you’re willing to shop around. Many offices offer payment plans and work with insurance companies to ensure you get the most for your money.
If it isn’t covered by your dental plan, ask about financing options such as no interest or low monthly payments to keep costs down.
The biggest misconception is that people think they don’t need to go to the dentist until their teeth start hurting or until something awful happens, such as a tooth getting knocked out; this is not true!
Your teeth should be seen once every six months, even if they feel great. You could have an underlying problem that needs treatment, which you will pay more for down the road if you don’t address it now!
There are many misconceptions about dental health:
One is that dentistry is only needed to treat problems when they occur. However, regular preventative care can detect or halt dental problems before they cause pain or damage to the teeth and gums.
Dentistry provides many benefits beyond oral hygiene alone, including helping diagnose diseases in other body parts during a routine checkup. And finally, contrary to popular belief, preventive care, exams, cleanings and other services are often affordable with payment plans offered by most dentists.
- Just because you can’t feel any cavities doesn’t mean tooth decay isn’t occurring. Cavities start small and get larger over time-without pain or discomfort until it is too late. This means that by the time you get a cavity, it is usually pretty far along in its development (not always the case, though).
- If you brush your teeth at least twice per day, there isn’t a problem if you miss a couple of days between brushes—or even a few weeks! Brushing your teeth isn’t like flossing; if you miss one day, no harm done; pick up again tomorrow and continue. Brushing twice daily should be the minimum to prevent tooth decay and gum disease.
- Your dentist isn’t interested in your general health, just your mouth. Dental health influences your overall health as a person- your tooth serves as a gateway to the rest of your body, so dentists must understand their patients’ other medical conditions or concerns-this help them provide better care for you as a patient!
Cavities start small and get larger over time without symptoms until it is too late.
If you miss a few days of brushing, don’t worry! Just pick up tomorrow where you left off. Your dentist needs to know not only about your teeth but the rest of your body, too.