1. “You only need to go to the dentist if your teeth hurt.”
Even if you aren’t experiencing dental pain, we recommend seeing a dentist twice a year for your regular check-ups. Some dental issues are asymptomatic but can still cause infection and need treatment. If you were to wait too long, the treatment needed may be more expensive than if the disease were caught before it worsened. Altogether, prevention saves you both time and money in the long-run
2. “Flossing can create spaces between your teeth.”
When you floss, you’re removing food debris nestled around your teeth and gums, which helps keep them healthy and removes harmful bacteria. When you begin a flossing routine you may experience bleeding gums, but after a few weeks of steady flossing, the bleeding tends to decrease.
3. “It’s only a baby tooth.”
Baby teeth are very important! They provide the necessary space for permanent teeth to line up underneath the gums and grow properly. It is important to make sure that your child’s teeth are as healthy as possible.
4. “Dental Cleaning results in tooth shaving”
Scaling or what you call it ‘dental cleaning’ removes all the food debris and the bacteria that are harmful to the oral cavity. It does not affect the tooth structure at all, rather helps to maintain good oral hygiene.
5. You have to file down your real teeth for veneers:
Modern veneers are so thin that only minimal reshaping is needed. In fact, veneers can be as thin as .3mm, allowing them to easily fit over your natural teeth.
Veneers require a lot of maintenance
A healthy routine of regular brushing and flossing is all that’s needed to keep veneers looking white, glossy, and gorgeous for their 10-year lifespan.
Getting veneers is painful
In reality, the modern veneer process is not painful at all. All that is used is a local anaesthetic for the removal of a few layers of enamel, but this is more precautionary than anything else.
6. Implant surgery is painful and invasive
Placement of implants is a painless procedure done under local anaesthesia. After the procedure, two days of precautions like having a soft and cold diet, advice to do warm saline rinses, following the prescribed medication by the dentist and maintaining good oral hygiene is all that one should do.