I was blessed with a lovely set of teeth as a child and luckily had to never visit a dentist . As I grew up my dental issues mounted. It started with cavities, and soon I was getting root canals done and visiting dentists. One tooth led to the next one and seemed like I was forever at the dentist. Still, busy in my daily schedule, I never deemed it important. I would try following a proper dental routine for some days and then get back to not following one. All this went on until recently when I realised that my teeth were looking thin and pale. It was time for another dental check. This time, the damage was a little more serious as my dentist advised that the enamel was depleting slowly. Once the enamel depletes, there is no way of restoring it. This would be permanent. It meant no more biting on hard substances, more sensitive teeth( as enamel is cap to your dentine and nerves) and more prone to teeth damages. This changed the game for me, forever. I have started taking my dental health seriously and would urge you to do the same. Sharing a few dental myths that Dr. Pallavi Gupta shared with us ;
Myth– Dental visits should be done only when we discover a cavity or a toothache or other dental issues.
Fact: It’s extremely important to do regular dental checks for everyone in the family, starting from adults to kids. Regular dental visits ensure that any kind of oral health problems are spotted in their early stages and avoided. They also help prevent many oral problems from developing in the first place. A dental visit should be done at least, once in six months for adults and once in a year for kids. Keeping your mouth healthy is an essential for your overall health.
Myth: You should brush as often as possible
Fact: Too much brushing leads to wear and tear of the enamel on the teeth as well as damage and push back the gums, exposing the sensitive root area. Brushing twice a day is more than enough. When you visit your dentist, you should learn how to clean your teeth properly even the angle at which you brush your teeth can cause ‘teeth abrasion’.
|Tilt the brush at a 45° angle against the gumline and sweep or roll the brush away from the gumline.||Gently brush the outside, inside and chewing surface of each tooth using short back-and-forth strokes.||Gently brush your tongue to remove bacteria and freshen breath.|
Myth:Dental cleaning of teeth loosens the teeth
Fact:Dental cleaning involves removing plaque (soft, sticky, bacteria infested film) and tartar (calculus) deposits that have built up on the teeth over time. If the scale is allowed to accumulate on the teeth it will, unfortunately, provide the right conditions for bacteria to thrive next to the gums. the teeth may become a little loose and sensitive immediately after cleaning but this may be temporary and usually becomes normal in a week’s time.
Another important thing I would like to share is how to care for your enamel since this is the most important part of your teeth.
Dietary changes: Avoid sugary and soda based drinks, as they release bacteria in your saliva and erode the teeth. Always rinse your mouth immediately after drinking these. Chew gum, it increases saliva production, and saliva helps prevent tooth decay. Make sure you have plenty of minerals in your diet so that your saliva is mineral-rich and better able to remineralize tooth enamel.
Brushing: Use a fluoride based toothpaste. Fluoride makes teeth more resistant to acid, and even helps reverse early decay.
Remineralising Gel: Aid the natural process of remineralization by adding regular remineralizing treatments to your oral hygiene routine. Look for remineralizing gel with calcium phosphate and fluoride.
Seek dental Help:Dental crowns can be used to cap the teeth and restore them to their original shape. The crowns are custom-fitted to cover your original tooth. Dental veneers are glued to the front of your teeth. Dental veneers cover eroded, cracked, broken or chipped teeth and help prevent further erosion.
Teach your kids about the importance dental hygiene and care right from the beginning, so that they never have to face these issues when they grow up.