The topic of dental treatment is still surrounded by a lot of speculation. Perhaps this is how the fears of many of us about the dental chair are expressed. Together with our expert Ekaterina Kuzina, pediatric dentist, head of the “SM-Dentistry” department in Maryina Roshcha, we will consider the most common myths. And what if they still have a reasonable grain.
Myth 1. Until the teeth are fully erupted, they do not need to be cleaned.
What worries parents? The kid can swallow the paste. Indeed, the first teeth, at times, erupt as early as 8-9 months. And in general, if the child does not eat until the adult food, what to clean then?
This opinion is fundamentally wrong. The bacteria that provoke caries can begin to actively multiply on the surface of the tooth from the first day of its appearance. As a result, the picture can be very deplorable – the baby’s teeth are all in place, but they are already with caries. Therefore, take care of the baby’s oral cavity with the help of special products suitable for him, marked “from 0 to 3”.
Myth 2. Milk teeth can be left untreated, they will fall out anyway
First, milk teeth also have nerves. And with their inflammation (pulpitis), they are very painful. Plus, due to inflammatory processes, they can damage the rudiments of permanent teeth. There are risks that molars will erupt with caries. So, it is imperative to treat milk teeth!
Myth 3. After three years, a child can use the same paste with his parents
We are accustomed to the fact that everyone should have their own brush – after all, a means of individual hygiene. But the pasta…. Why does everyone need their own? To begin with, special pastes are produced for children and this is not a marketing ploy. Their composition is adapted to the characteristics of milk teeth.
And the pasta is selected based on the individual characteristics of each family member. One has hypersensitive teeth, another has gum disease, the third has braces or veneers…. So the paste is selected based on the state of the oral cavity and preferably together with the dentist.
Myth 4. The bite on milk teeth does not need to be corrected
It seems to be logical, milk teeth will fall out, and the problem of their crowding will resolve by itself. But don’t forget: teeth grow out of the jaw. And if it is narrow, then permanent teeth will be cramped in it. Childhood is a great time to deal with a jaw problem. There are many types of orthodontic appliances that help her to form correctly. The main thing is to contact an orthodontist in time and have them installed.
Myth 5. The bite in adults can no longer be corrected.
This myth is no longer relevant. To date, two systems help to correct the bite in adults: braces and aligners (or aligners). Their principle of action is the same – they exert metered pressure on the teeth, as a result of which they take the correct position. In children and adolescents, bite correction is faster, but in adults, braces and mouth guards give excellent results. And so that the teeth do not return to their previous position, for some time after the treatment, you need to wear a retainer or night guards.
Myth 6. Teeth cannot be treated during menstruation and pregnancy.
Perhaps the roots of this belief lie in the superstitions that relate to this condition. Or, as an option, it’s all about the well-being of the woman herself, who during this period does not feel very well and is simply unable to get to the dentist. And even during pregnancy, you need to monitor the condition of the teeth with special care. And it is possible and necessary to treat them in this state.
Myth 7. Anesthesia is harmful!
Many people argue that anesthesia is evil, X-rays are dangerous, fillings are poisonous, teeth rot under braces, and implants destroy bone. Indeed, once there were no safe anesthetics, and arsenic was often used in treatment.
In modern dentistry, everything has changed a long time ago. Anesthesia does not affect health, X-ray machines have minimal radiation, fillings provide high sealing, and implants take root with a probability of almost 99%.
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