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7 Dental and Orthodontics Myths Busted

investigating dental and ortho mythsThere have been a lot of myths about dental health and orthodontics over the years. While they’re not all as ridiculous (or fun) as the Tooth Fairy, they’re every bit as false.

Here are a few we think you should know about.

It’s okay to play Tooth Fairy with your kids, but don’t overlook any of the rest of these myths.

Myth 1: You can help ease the pain of a tooth ache by putting an aspirin next to it

Fact: This will do nothing for your tooth, but it will burn your gum. Stick to taking aspirin the old fashion way — down your gullet with a glass of water.

Myth 2: A firmer toothbrush is better for getting your teeth clean

Fact: When it comes to choosing a toothbrush, the softer the bristles the better. You don’t have to be a tough guy — the hard bristles hurt because they are damaging your gum line.

We actually recommend you use an electric toothbrush, like Sonicare, to brush your teeth.

Myth 3: You don’t need to worry about baby teeth, they’re going to fall out anyway

Fact: You need to treat baby teeth with every bit as much care as adult teeth.

First of all, those teeth can decay, become infected and cause discomfort. They’re also important because they act as maintainers so the permanent teeth can come into the mouth properly later on.

Finally, children learn their oral health habits during these formative years. Teach them while they’re young and those healthy habits will pay off big time in their adult lives.

Myth 4: Fruit juices are a healthy alternative to soda

Fact: Fruit juices, just like soda, contain sugar. The acidity will damage your teeth. So when it comes to oral health, fruit juice really isn’t much better than soda.

To learn more about which beverages impact your oral health the most, read this post.

Myth 5: It’s best to wait until all of my child’s adult teeth come in before seeing an orthodontist

Fact: While it may seem counterintuitive to see an orthodontist while your child still has temporary baby teeth in, we can actually learn a lot about your child’s smile much sooner than you think. The American Association of Orthodontists recommends children see an orthodontist at the age of 7.

Myth 6: After your braces come off, your teeth are set for life

Fact: Whether you’ve had braces or not, your teeth will shift with time. If you’ve had braces, you need to protect that investment in your smile. After your orthodontic treatment, expect periodic followup appointments and an overnight retainer to keep your smile where it should be.

Myth 7: Some dentists are qualified to put on braces

Fact: While some dentists have limited orthodontic training, they lack most of the lifelong specialization training you’re guaranteed to get with a board certified orthodontist. To learn more about what sets a board certified orthodontist apart from a dentist, read this article.

For a free consultation with a board certified orthodontist, come see us at Meyer Orthodontics in Brookings and Madison.