#1: You can’t see a dentist while pregnant. This is a myth! It is actually very important to continue your regular dental care while pregnant since pregnant women are more likely to develop gum disease. This is an infection of the gums and bones that surround the teeth. It can lead to pregnancy complications so prompt treatment is very important. Just be sure to mention your pregnancy to your dentist when you visit and he or she will take any necessary precautions to protect your unborn child while providing you with the care you need.
#2: You don’t need to visit the dentist if your teeth feel fine. This is a myth! If your teeth feel fine, that is wonderful and I’d guess you’re probably doing a great job taking care of them at home. However, regular cleanings and checkups every six months are still so important to your oral health and your overall health as well. Gum disease is often symptomless so it is very important to have a dentist examine your teeth and gums regularly to be sure they are healthy. If you have any decay, it is easiest and most cost-effective to treat it in its earliest stages. Your regular cleaning and checkup also includes an oral cancer screening.
#3: If you have a toothache, it’ll go away on its own over time. This is a myth! Toothaches are often caused by an infection and an infection cannot clear on its own. You may need a prescription or other intervention from your dentist to take care of the cause of the toothache. If you are experiencing a toothache, don’t delay! Call your dentist to find out the cause of the toothache and what needs to be done to remedy your pain.
#4: Hard-bristled toothbrushes clean better. This is a myth! It may sound like a hard-bristled toothbrush would be able to clean your teeth most effectively, but the truth is that they can be too tough on your gums and enamel. Soft-bristled toothbrushes are the best for you to use to care for your teeth and gums. Look for the “ADA Seal of Acceptance” to find products that are deemed safe and effective by the American Dental Association.
#5: If your gums bleed, you should stop flossing. This is a myth! Stopping flossing would be the exact opposite of what you should do if you experience bleeding gums. Bleeding gums can be a sign of gum disease. It is so important to floss and brush at least twice daily to help prevent gum disease. You should mention any bleeding to your dentist.