Not all the information you hear is correct, which is true about the following dental facts. Below, we debunk some common dental myths you may have heard.
“Cavities in baby teeth don’t matter. They fall out anyway.”
If your child has a cavity affecting a baby tooth, addressing it as soon as possible before the cavity gets larger is essential. Cavities on baby teeth can affect your child in multiple ways by causing pain, leading to infection and premature loss of the baby tooth. If a baby tooth is lost early, it can affect the way the adult tooth erupts from underneath because the adult tooth uses the root of the baby tooth to guide it into the correct spot. This can lead to crowded adult teeth. Premature loss of baby teeth can also lead to problems with speaking, biting, chewing and smiling for your child.
“Scraping during a cleaning damages my teeth.”
Your enamel is highly durable; it’s the most robust material in your body, even stronger than your bones! Therefore, the scraping and polishing that are done at the dentist do not damage your teeth. Professional dental cleanings are vital to keeping your teeth and gums healthy for your lifetime.