Dental Myth Busters

June 26, 2024

For a new parent, there can be confusion around ‘should and should not’s’ when it comes to getting your child the proper dental care. In fact, there are a lot of misconceptions or myths about dental health. In this blog, we will debunk all of them so you can feel good about your little one’s dental hygiene!

  1. Brushing harder means cleaner teeth.
    • False! Brushing hard can wear down your enamel, cause discolouration and sensitivity, and irritate your gums, causing them to bleed and sometimes recede. Using a softer bristled brush and less force can help deter this from happening.
  2. Baby teeth aren’t important, they’ll fall out anyway!
    • False! Baby teeth play a vital role in children’s oral development; they assist children in correctly chewing their foods, voice and speech development, and additional aid in alignment for permanent teeth eruption. Even before the first tooth erupts, oral hygiene is important! After feedings, ensure to wipe your baby’s gums with a clean and wet cloth. You can also use a small soft toothbrush with water to gently clean the gums as teeth begin to sprout.
  3.    Kids don’t need to see the dentist until they have all their permanent teeth.
    • False! It is important that children visit the dentist by their first birthday or when their first tooth erupts. This helps children learn healthy oral hygiene habits and is a great way for parents to stay informed about caring for their children’s teeth. Regular visits from an early age also help familiarize children with dentist visits and detect any possible problems before they become serious.
  4. Dental X-rays are unsafe for children.
    • False! Dental X-rays are safe and important for identifying possible problem areas early on and making precise diagnoses. Modern technology has reduced exposure to the already low amounts of radiation.
  5. Children can suck their thumb or use a pacifier for as long as they want.
    • False! These habits can absolutely be calming activities for newborns and young children, but if they are continued long-term, they can pose issues in dental development in terms of alignment and jaw growth. It is important to help your children break these habits (typically between ages 2 and 4) to avoid any issues.
  6. Fluoride is harmful to children.
    • False! Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral that helps make tooth enamel stronger. It is safe and very helpful in children’s oral health when used in moderation. A regulated amount of fluoride is very important in the early phases of children’s dental development as it protects teeth, making them more resistant to cavities!
  7. Bad teeth are genetic! I have bad teeth, so my child has bad teeth!
    • False! Unless you have a genetic condition that causes formalities within your teeth and mouth then a bad habit is usually the problem. Baby teeth can be a great predictor of what the child’s adult teeth will look like. Unless your child is prone to decay of the strength of their enamel, which can be genetic, any other issues can be caused by poor habits. Keeping your child consistent with their brushing, flossing and a healthy diet will keep the visits to the dentist short and sweet!
  8. You should rinse after brushing your teeth.
    • False! This is a common myth that has been passed down for generations and actually is impacting your oral health. When you rinse after brushing it gets rid of all the protective fluoride that is in your toothpaste off your teeth. The fluoride protects your tooth enamel from decay by coating the whole tooth. If your child does not like the taste of mint you can find a plethora of mild toothpastes on the market that would be suitable for your little one!

Do you have any other questions about oral health facts you are unsure are true? Don’t hesitate to call our office and book an appointment with one of our amazing dentists. It is better to be safe than sorry when it comes to your child’s oral hygiene!

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