DR. SINDHU V.BDS Consultant Dental Surgeon
Myths Busted About Gum Care
MYTH 1 :
Oral Health is Not connected to Overall Health of the Body.
A mouth with severe tooth decay and gum disease is more likely to cause bacteria to enter into the bloodstream and result in other health issues especially heart diseases.
MYTH 2 :
You need to visit a Dentist Only if and when your Teeth hurt.
Prevention is better than Cure. Some Dental issues are asymptomatic and may not present with any visible or noticeable symptoms. But if left untreated, they could worsen, causing serious infections that require complex and costly interventional treatment. Hence, it is always advisable to nip it in the bud by identifying the issue when it is still in the initial stages. Early diagnosis is always a better option as the treatment is simple and more cost effective when compared to leaving it till the last minute before visiting a medical professional.
MYTH 3 :
Bleeding Gums are Not a serious problem and can be ignored.
Bleeding Gums are the first sign of Gum Disease, and if left untreated can lead to more severe gum diseases that are irreversible and causing Tooth Loss.
MYTH 4 :
I should Only use a Hard Bristle Toothbrush to clean my Teeth.
Brush your teeth twice daily using a soft bristles brush and change toothbrush every 2-3 months or sooner if the bristles are frayed.
MYTH 5 :
Diet has No effect on Oral Health.
Eating right has a positive impact not just on your teeth but gums, jawbone and breath as well.
MYTH 6 :
You Don't have to take your Child to the Dentist till they get their Permanent or Adult Teeth.
You should take your child to the dentist for the first time after his or her first tooth comes in, which is usually between 6-12 months. The earlier the visits, the better the child’s chances of preventing dental problems.
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