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8 Outdated Myths about Dentists

Okay, we know that a visit to the dentist is probably not at the top of your list of favourite things to do … but it’s certainly not something to avoid.

At Dawson Dental we have dentists across Ontario from Toronto dentists to Cambridge dentists who pride themselves on making your visits as enjoyable as possible. Plus, modern dentistry has made such strides over the years that a large percentage of our regular dental care procedures cause little to no discomfort.

But unfortunately some myths and misconceptions still prevail. So let’s take a moment to set the record straight.

1. Getting a cavity filled hurts

Fill your tooth cavity at a dentist

Modern technology that’s used in most dental offices has improved so much that common dental procedures like filling a cavity are no longer a big deal or an uncomfortable process. For people who are really afraid of pain, you can choose to have sedation dentistry. At Dawson Dental we offer various forms of sedation depending on your level of comfort.


2. You can get rid of any stain by whitening or cleaning

Whiten your teeth at a dentist

A lot of things can stain your teeth, but not all of them will disappear with a professional cleaning or tooth-whitening procedure. Tobacco, coffee and foods that turn teeth yellow or brown can often be removed easily. For stains that don’t respond well to whitening or cleaning, we often recommend porcelain dental veneers to fix stained or discoloured teeth.


3. The more you brush, the better your teeth will be


Over-brushing your teeth does more harm than good. The toothpaste can wear down the protective enamel coating that fights tooth decay. Brushing three times a day should be enough, plus flossing every day.


4. Whitening teeth causes damage

Whiten your teeth at a dentist

When done professionally, teeth whitening will cause no damage to the teeth enamel and can make your teeth look dramatically whiter. At Dawson Dental we recommend Zoom!® In-Office Whitening. It’s a safe, effective and very fast tooth whitening process. In just one hour, your teeth can look up to 8 shades whiter. As a bonus, at Dawson Dental, if you maintain your scheduled annual hygiene you can take advantage of our White Teeth for Life Program.


5. You should remove your wisdom teeth when you’re young

Whiten teeth at a dentist

Wisdom teeth are the last teeth to erupt into the mouth and may not begin to emerge until late teens or early twenties. They can cause trouble if they are impacted (trapped in the jawbone) because there is not enough room for them in the mouth. In most people, wisdom teeth can do more harm than good and we often recommend their removal. However, not all wisdom teeth need to be removed. That’s why it’s important to have your dentist examine your teeth and take X-rays to decide.


6. Fluoride is unsafe

Fluoride is safe

Health Canada continues to strongly support water fluoridation as a safe and effective way to help prevent tooth decay. Frequent studies show that adding fluoride to a community’s drinking water is effective in reducing dental cavities.


7. You don’t really need dental X-rays

Get an X-ray at a dentist

Dental X-rays are not only safe, but also valuable to help your dentist detect unseen problems in your mouth. X-rays show your dentist what’s happening between your teeth and beneath your gums before decay or problems can increase.


8. Chewing gum is bad for your teeth

Discuss gum with a dentist

Yes and no. Chewing gum helps stimulate the production of saliva, which washes your teeth and neutralizes some of the acid produced by bacteria in your mouth. But gum with sugar feeds the bacteria in your mouth, while sugar-free gum can actually be good for teeth. Gums made with the artificial sweetener Xylitol have been proven to directly prevent cavities.

Don’t let outdated myths get in the way of good oral health. If you put off visiting the dentist to take care of your teeth it can lead to serious oral health issues and long-term dental problems which could result in painful and more costly dental procedures … precisely what you wanted to avoid in the first place!

Visiting your dentist makes even more sense when you learn how to return up to 20% of your dental expenses come tax time. Book an appointment today.

Dawson Dental Centres are knowledgeable, caring and have 13 locations across Ontario including dentists in Toronto, Cambridge, Aurora and more. We offer General & Cosmetic Dentistry services such as dental implantsInvisalign invisible braces and dental veneers. New patients welcome!

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