Decades ago unqualified dentists (quacks) provided certain dental treatment that was not based on scientific principles. As a result of this wrong and unethical treatment myths developed which became imprinted in people’s minds. This advancement in dental science has only reduced the myths but not completely eliminated from the minds of people. In the following text few of the myths which still exist are presented along with their related facts for better understanding.
Teeth are held firmly by the supporting tissues of the periodontium including bone. Due to bad oral hygiene deposits of tartar / calculus irritates the gums and causes inflammation leading to bleeding of gums. If this bad deposit is not removed the gums may recede and result in the loss of supporting bone leading to mobility of tooth. Professional cleaning removes these deposits and restores the health of supporting structures.
The use of tooth brush with bristles helps to reach almost all the surfaces of the teeth, which is not possible with finger. Hence, it is recommended to use a tooth brush with paste to clean the teeth. Finger can only be used to massage the gums after brushing is complete.
It is a myth that we need not clean a child’s teeth. Children’s teeth are more prone for dental decay or gum problems. So it is advisable to start the habit of cleaning the infant’s teeth soon after they appear in the mouth.
Due to early loss of milk teeth, the chewing efficiency is affected. Early loss of milk teeth leads to drifting of adjacent teeth and, closure of the space which is required for eruption of the Permanent teeth. Loss of such space will cause the permanent teeth to erupt in an unfavorable position.
Bleeding of gums is a sign of active disease. This usually is due to deposits of tartar / plaque. Until this collection is removed, the gums will continue to bleed. Bleeding gums is an indication that the individual needs treatment
Thumb sucking is a normal infant habit, which makes the child feel secure and happy until the age of 3 years. However, if the habit persists beyond this age it can lead to forward displacement of the teeth along with spacing. So in such cases, intervention is required to stop this habit
The nerve supply to teeth and eye is entirely different and they are not related. There is a misconception among people that removal of teeth affects vision. Vision is not affected in any way by undergoing orthodontic treatment with extractions
In the majority of cases, the best time to treat by orthodontic means is when the patient is actively growing which corresponds to their early adolescent years (7 to 11). During this period, the jaws show profound changes which can be utilized for correcting improper relationship of the jaws in relation to face. This which reduces the severity of the problem, adds psychological benefit to the patient, eliminates extensive surgical procedures that might be needed at a later date, and also aids in the stability of the results.
The problems, needs and demands of each patient are unique. Therefore, the length and type of treatment can only be determined after thorough evaluation