9 myths in dentistry
Myth 1 – Milk teeth do not need to be treated.
In fact, milk teeth, as well as permanent teeth, play an important role in the life of the human body. The baby’s milk teeth are laid at the 6th week of the woman’s pregnancy, go through a series of stages inside the jaw (laying, formation, primary mineralization) and begin to erupt from the sixth month of the baby’s life, where a number of stages also pass after eruption (formation, stabilization, resorption).
In general, the entire period of existence of deciduous teeth is approximately 10 years, that is, the first tooth erupts, as we said at 6 months of a child’s life and the last tooth changes at 10-11 years of a child’s life.
Function of deciduous teeth:
the first and most important function is to chew food, it is known that teeth grind food, poorly chewed food can cause disorders in the gastrointestinal tract;
the second and no less main function – milk teeth hold a place for permanent teeth, that is, without indications, a removed tooth can cause deformation in the baby’s jaw and this causes an incorrect bite;
the third and also equally important function is aesthetics so that your child does not hesitate to smile and have a good smile.
Myth 2 – On the “usefulness” of teeth whitening
There is a myth that a “Hollywood” smile is achieved through tooth whitening. But what most often affects the color of teeth? The vast majority of people have bad habits (the use of tobacco products, excessive consumption of coffee or tea, gas drinks, or drinks that stain teeth), products that settle on the surface of enamel and are not completely removed with hygiene products at home. Also, we will not forget about plaque, which is formed on the teeth and is the product of the vital activity of our body, with poor cleaning, tartar hardens and forms. All these processes change the condition of the teeth.
With regular professional hygiene, you will notice that the natural shade of your teeth is quite light and you do not need to whiten them further. Separately, it should be noted that all processes in the body, in particular diseases of the endocrine system, gastrointestinal tract, etc. affect the color of teeth. But, unfortunately, you cannot correct the color with whitening; consultation and treatment of related specialists are already needed here.
If nevertheless you decide to do bleaching, you should know that chemicals can be used in bleaching systems, with the help of which the surface layer of enamel, which cannot be restored, is removed.
There are still many preparations for home whitening, the difference in them is that a different concentration of the whitening agent and the result in terms of time are achieved differently. But be sure to remember that before the whitening procedure, it is better to consult a doctor, because an incorrectly selected whitening system can harm your health.
Myth 3 – Going to the dentist only with toothache
Most diseases, especially in the initial stages, are asymptomatic. In particular, in the maxillofacial region, for example, caries, which has different depths of lesion, as well as localization, often patients think that caries can occur only on the chewing surface, and also if the tooth looks whole, then no processes can occur there. Or maybe you saw or heard about a disease like a cyst. This is a neoplasm behind the apex of the root, which may be asymptomatic for many years and accidentally appear on an X-ray image, or if the patient accidentally “swells” during the night.
It is no coincidence that they are talking about prevention around the world. Prevention is a set of measures aimed at preventing a particular disease. With a regular visit to the dentist for preventive purposes, you will not only be able to solve the problem in the early stages, but also affect the time of the onset of the disease and, in general, forget what dental treatment is.
Myth 4 – The removed tooth needs to be replaced.
Yes, if the wisdom tooth has been removed. All other teeth make up a full-fledged continuous dentition along which the load is evenly distributed during chewing.
The body is so arranged that it will compensate for the “emptiness”; no, a new permanent tooth will not grow instead of the removed permanent one, but the existing teeth will shift to compensate for the missing tooth, and deformation of the dentition will form, in which neighboring teeth will take the burden of the extracted tooth and thereby begin to decay quickly, and , over time, changes will be noted in the temporomandibular joint, which is responsible for opening and closing the tooth cavity.
So, if at least one tooth was removed or most of the teeth were lost, the integrity of the dentition must be restored using: an implant, or prosthetics with fixed structures or removable ones.