Proper dental/oral care is much more crucial in maintaining your overall health than you might realize. The truth is that neglecting your dental care can have some serious health effects. For instance, many scientific studies have found a link between poor dental hygiene and health conditions such as heart disease (1), Dementia (2), and even Respiratory infections (3). Hence, it is important to pay attention to your dental health not only for that gorgeous smile but also for your overall health.
Although the dental health awareness is on the rise, many people still have some misconceptions about dental care. Clearing up these misconceptions is the first step toward establishing a healthy dental care routine. Here is the truth behind some of the most common misconceptions about dental care.

1. There is no need to see a dentist if my teeth don’t hurt

It is perhaps one of the most common misconceptions about dental care. Dental problems such as cavities don’t cause pain until the condition has worsened to a severe stage. Hence, an absence of pain is in no way an indication of nothing being wrong with your teeth. In fact, some dental/oral conditions like gum disease may not cause pain at all. So, skipping your scheduled dental examination just because you don’t have pain is not very wise. On the contrary, if we catch the problem early, you may get away with minimal damage both to your teeth and your wallet!
In other words, make sure that you see your dentist on a regular basis whether you think there is a problem or not.

2. The whiter the teeth, the healthier they are

Sure, shiny white teeth are pretty to look at, but the whiteness of your teeth is not necessarily an indication of good health. As a matter of fact, healthy teeth can have many shades of white. So, if you have super-white teeth because you use a whitening product does not mean that your teeth are automatically healthy. The appearance can be deceptive in masking infections and cavities between the teeth. A visit to the dentist can help to discover these problems before they get out of hand.

3. Adults don’t need to go to the dentist

It is another misconception that is far too common. Cavities can develop at any age, you being an adult has nothing to do with it. If you have poor brushing and flossing habits, you will get cavities; even if you are an adult! The cavities are formed when bacteria attack the enamel of your teeth. A regular visit to your dentist can help to get rid of these bacteria before they can cause significant damage. The dentist can also help you improve your brushing and flossing technique and give you some professional pointers to up your game!

4. Bleeding gums is no big deal

Bleeding gums are not a good sign for your oral health. In fact, it is usually the first sign of gum disease or infection. However, regular flossing and brushing can keep the gum disease-causing bacteria at bay and prevent infections. Sure, flossing can be tedious, and you may not particularly enjoy it, but it can help you to prevent a lot of problems. Ask your dentist for instructions on how to floss your teeth correctly during your next visit!

Something to take home

It is an undeniable fact that healthy teeth and gums promote overall health. Make sure that you are taking good care of your dental health by adopting healthy dental hygiene practices and visiting your dentist twice a year. Remember, a healthy smile is a sign of a healthy body!


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  • Adachi, M., Ishihara, K., Abe, S., & Okuda, K. (2007). Professional oral health care by dental hygienists reduced respiratory infections in elderly persons requiring nursing care. International Journal of Dental Hygiene5(2), 69-71.