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Oral Health Myths (and the Facts)

September 8, 2017
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Posted By: Dr. Ellie Moore
Oral Health Toronto ON

You may not think about it, but your oral health affects your daily life. Having a healthy, beautiful smile gives you confidence and allows you to eat, chew, and talk with ease. These are things we take for granted until we don't have them. Your oral health is important, and your Toronto dentist is here to dispel some of the myths about how to maintain it.

Myth #1: If My Teeth Don't Hurt, I Don't Need to See the Dentist

In the world of dentistry, prevention is everything. You see, unlike your medical doctor who will see you when you're sick or hurt, your dentist needs to see you every six months for preventive appointments. By the time your tooth feels pain, it's likely that the damage has already been done.

Don't wait until your teeth hurt! By visiting your dentist every six months for a checkup and cleaning, you can avoid many costly and painful issues.

Myth #2: I Shouldn't go to The Dentist During My Pregnancy

This is very untrue. In fact, it may be beneficial to see your dentist every few months during your pregnancy for a cleaning and checkup. The reason your oral health is so important while you're pregnant is that the hormones that you experience during this time can increase your risk of developing gum disease.

Also known as pregnancy gingivitis, gum disease can have a negative impact on your pregnancy such as an early delivery or low birth weight for your baby if it's not successfully controlled. Partnering with your dentist to monitor your oral health throughout your pregnancy will ensure a safe delivery and a healthy baby.

Myth #3: Baby Teeth Are Not Important Because They Fall out in a Few Years Anyway

Your child's baby teeth actually have many important jobs aiding in their oral development such as:

  • Holding space for adult teeth and guiding them into place when the time comes.
  • Helping your child learn to form words and speak.
  • Assisting in the navigation of solid foods.

You should begin to brush your child's teeth as soon as they arrive and schedule their first dental visit around the age of one-year-old or six months after the first tooth erupts.

If you have questions about other myths you may have heard, give Toronto Lakeshore Dental a call today, we're happy to share the facts about your oral health with you.