MythBusters: Dentistry

MythBusters: Dentistry

MythBusters: Dentistry

Horror stories and dental related myths are among the leading reasons for which people avoid going to the dentist. A patient hears from a friend that (X) dentist does not do good work, that he or she had a tooth extracted and even now after six months they fight with a terrible infection.  Of course, there are good professionals and bad professionals, but such stories are not universally applicable.

Here are some myths and how they are debunked:

Dentists do not like working on people with dental phobias

This is not true. Many dentists get special training on how to help the patient relax so that the treatment can be performed without problems. Moreover, there are certain dentists who have received certification in sedation dentistry, which helps patients with severe dental phobia relax and get sedated for the procedure. Sedation dentistry allows patients to not feel the procedure as well as causing them not to remember anything from the procedure.

The dentist is going to be perplexed by the state of my teeth

Relax, dentists have seen much worse oral health conditions than yours. The job of the dentist is to diagnose and treat your dental health complication. The are not at all interested if you have 7 cavities and 6 missing teeth.

The injection that patients receive in their gums before the procedure is excruciatingly painful.

Not true, again. The dentist is most probably going to use a numbing spray or topical gel to numb your gums prior to the injection. Therefore, you will not feel anything at all.

Regular checkups are not important, as long as my teeth look good.

Again, not true because the dentist might discover some underlying conditions such as gum disease. If treated in its early stage, gum disease can be reversed completely.

On the other hand, if you wait until the disease progresses, you risk tooth loss or other infections throughout your system.

Moreover, going for regular oral cancer screenings is also extremely important. Dentists can discover a number of oral malignancies and if found early the mortality rate decreases substantially.

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