The age has arrived finally when the trip to the
dentist isn't as scary anymore. New cutting-edge technologies and advancements
have now put an end to all the fretting and worrying prior to an appointment
with the dentist.
However, when you sit in the dentist's chamber
with your mouth wide open and flinching, you do feel that you needed to take
better care of your teeth and gums. Here are some things your dentist probably
won't tell you.
People assume that if
nothing in their mouth hurts, they're fine. High blood pressure doesn't hurt
either, but it doesn't mean you're okay.
Most patients suffer
from decay and dental issues in their back teeth. Clearly, they clean only what
the others can see.
People arrive at the
dentist's with a mouthful of decayed teeth and claim that they have their
grandfather's 'soft teeth'. Honestly, there's no such thing as soft teeth.
If your body parts
start to bleed when you wash them, you'd run to a doctor. But you delay visits
to the dentists when your gums bleed. Isn't the mouth a part of your body?
limitations. New whitening toothpastes can get rid of surface stains, but
eventually, your teeth will end up being the same as before.
People who smoke try
to cover up the bad breath with mints and mouthwash, but actually it doesn't
work. The stench has probably steeped into their gum and mouth tissues.
Proper oral health
requires ten minutes of brushing and cleaning. Most adults barely reach above 5
minutes; children are worse.
is not just a marketing idea. They actually do a better job of cleaning between
Kids having dental
problems are ill-behaved at school. Teachers complain of such kids being
distracted and restless, but actually, they're just suffering from toothaches.
Tongue piercing is
dangerous. There's hardly anyone who has had a tongue piercing and hasn't had a
chipped front teeth. In some cases, dentists have to cut out a portion of the
tongue because the infection becomes so severe.
Extraction of upper
molars doesn't affect brain function and cause loss of vision.
People are worried
that dental X-rays can cause cancer; but actually, you're exposed to much more
radiation outside a clinic than while getting an X-ray done.
Strange but true -
Mis-aligned teeth can cause migraine headaches. Aligning them properly can help
the headache go away.
Bleeding gums is a
sign of diabetes.
Teeth get whiter when
they dry out. Some treatments promise to give you 4 shades whiter teeth, but in
the reality, you could get two shades whiter teeth just from dehydration.
The smell of your
breath can be a clue to diabetes, bronchitis and lung infections.
If you bleach your
teeth too often, you can end up stripping a large portion of your tooth enamel.
works only on a healthy mouth. You can't build a house on a swamp.
People often assume
that the more a dentist charges, the better he is. In reality, however, there's
no co-relation between the two of them.
Silver fillings do
release a small amount of mercury through wear and tear, but you would need
around 300 fillings to be done to cause a small damage to your body.
Composite fillings are
popular, but metal fillings are more durable and resistant.
Bacteria that cause
cavities spread through saliva. So don't share your spoon with your kin.
To reduce the bacteria in your mouth, chew
6-7 chewing gums containing xylitol (a sugar substitute) a day.