Yes, dentists can be scary, but they also hold some wise information on what it takes to keep your teeth healthy all year round. However, many of these tried and true facts have been muddled by half-truths and old wives tales spun around and out of control.

So here are the top 5 most common myths about dentistry, hope you can brush up on your knowledge!

Myth 1: Fixing your teeth is a painful process

One of the things that has contributed to the fear of dentists is pain. Thankfully, modern technology has saved us from the previous torture sessions that were getting cavities filled or having drills placed in our mouths. It often ends up hurting more to leave a cavity or a toothache unfixed that it does to have it fixed. It’s mostly a painless process, and if it happens to hurt, you can be sedated for the procedure.

Myth 2: Brushing more= Less risk.

While brushing several times throughout your day and before/after meals is highly recommended, the adage about too much of a good thing is still very very true. Over brushing can tear apart the enamel that naturally keeps your teeth safe and pristine. So, brush at least twice a day and you should be fine, any more than that and problems will start.

Myth 3: Gum is bad for your teeth

Well, it all depends on the type of gum. Chewing sugary gum is certainly dangerous because as the sugar moves about your mouth it can get inside all the nooks and crannies and feed the dangerous bacteria in your mouth.

However, gum that is sugar-free or made with artificial sweeter are often beneficial towards your teeth, because the increased saliva helps to get rid of bacteria. It’s no substitute for brushing, but it can provide some benefits towards a healthy mouth.

Myth 4: As Long as nothing hurts, I don’t need to go to the dentist.

Sadly, general dentistry in peoria as well as other dentists are all in the preventive business, so if nothing hurts or feels bad then that doesn’t mean that nothing is wrong. Regular checkups are designed to help people prevent expensive checkups and surgeries to fix problems that could have been avoided with a few regular checkups.

So always make and keep your appointments because a little prevention now can prevent a lot of toothache later!

Myth 5: I shouldn’t whiten my teeth because it will cause damage

Teeth whitening will often cause no damage to our teeth if done by a professional, and will often make our teeth look even whiter. However, keep in mind that teeth naturally become duller due to age, eating habits, or through the course of our lives. It’s not always smoking and alcohol that causes stained teeth, so give it some time before you book a whitening appointment.

Always do your research and take each myth with a grain of salt. (Just not before an appointment!) Then you’ll be in the best position to keep your teeth clean, your breath fresh, and your mouth healthy.