Can injections in your gums be painless? Are diet drinks better for your teeth? Is Fluoridated water good for you?
Going to the dentist can be a nerve-wracking experience for some, so we spoke with a Dubbo dentist to bust some popular dental care myths.
One popular myth is that dentists do not care about patients and they just want to get them in and out of the chair.
Dubbo dentist Dr Antonia Lalousis said that is one myth that should be busted for all time.
“Almost every patient every single day we are managing some form of dental anxiety,” she said.
“We are very focused on patient comfort and reducing dental anxiety for every patient, we don't have a get them in and out approach at this practice.”
If teeth feel and look fine, a dental visit isn’t necessary.
“There's no way a 'feeling' test can rule out dental decay or other dental issues. Dentists have been through gruelling training to check your teeth. See an expert regularly.”
Maintaining good dental health is difficult.
“This is easy, good habits, and regular dental visits are pretty much the secret to good dental health.”
Have a baby, lose a tooth
“This is a total fallacy! Your tooth's health has nothing to do with having a baby.”
Only sugar causes tooth decay.
“Tooth decay is caused mainly by sugar, but other factors play a pivotal role in causing tooth decay.”
Diet drinks are better for you.
“Not necessarily and usually not!”
Fluoridated water isn't good for you.
“FALSE! The gentle bathing of teeth in fluoridated water at ideal dosages set by the government is.”
White teeth are healthy teeth
“Not always. There are more teeth behind the ones you can see. Some of the whitest teeth can have active dental decay.”
Whitening damages your teeth
“Yes rapid whitening but not supervised slow whitening.”
Braces are just for kids.
“Most definitely not. Braces are for every age and useful aid to many dental treatments.”
How do dentists deal with people that have a dental phobia or generalised anxiety toward treatments?
“It's a slow process. It's about listening to the patient and taking the time to understand and slowly build positive dental experiences.”
Receiving injections in the gums will be outrageously painful.
“Not at all. We have numerous aids and techniques at our surgery to give a painless injection.”
Patients are given limited information about their treatments.
“That is a thing of the past. We have special cameras that allow us to photograph teeth in your mouth. We use these photos, x rays and other tests to explain the diagnosis and treatment options.
“We pride ourselves on informing our patients so they can understand all their options and every step of treatment.”