“Is removal of food debris the main reason for brushing?”

Although brushing does aid the removal of food debris its main goal is to remove plaque, the true villain in tooth decay. Plaque is a sticky, colorless layer of bacteria that constantly forms on teeth and gums. It also contributes to the cause of gum diseases. Brushing and flossing at least twice a day will help prevent dental disease by removing the plaque
Extraction of the upper teeth leads to deterioration of vision.

This is a total misconception. There is no relation between treatment or extraction of teeth and vision.


“Is the use of a hard toothbrush is the best way to clean teeth?”

It is not the pressure of tooth brushing or the length of the brushing, but the technique that influences the cleanliness. Few minutes of correct tooth brushing is more than enough in maintaining good oral hygiene.
“Is it true that, the more toothpaste I use, the better the result?”
Excessive toothpaste containing. Fluoride can cause fluorosis, a condition that can result in brown discoloration or defects in the enamel, when children with developing permanent teeth ingest excess fluoride causing an overdose. Parents should supervise and help children with their brushing, ensuring that only a pea-size portion of toothpaste is placed in the toothbrush bristles.
“Why do milk teeth need to be filled, because they will fall in a few years anyway?”
Milk teeth play an important role in the arrangement of permanent teeth as they hold the space for the succeeding teeth and allow the child's face and jaws to grow properly. For healthy teeth and gums children require a proper daily oral hygiene program and regular dental checkups by a dentist.
“Does a mother lose a tooth for every child?”
Persons believing this think that the unborn child absorbs calcium from the mother's teeth. As a matter of fact, calcium would be absorbed from the mother's bones, not her teeth. Because of this the mother requires a sufficient supply of calcium. With a proper diet, daily brushing and flossing and regular dental examinations the tooth loss can be prevented

“I was born with soft or bad teeth because of which I have cavities.”

Apart from a very uncommon hereditary condition called Dentin genesis Imperfect a, which causes rapid wear of the primary (baby) and permanent teeth, there is no way a person can be born with soft teeth. It is the oral hygiene status that makes the teeth prone to cavities.
Tooth loss is an inevitable part of the normal ageing process.

Tooth loss occurs due to periodontal diseases which is most often caused due to collection of plaque and tartar on and around the tooth. This leads to tooth mobility and eventual loss. Following good oral hygiene and maintaining periodontal health will keep your teeth intact lifelong.
Professional cleaning and scaling loosens the teeth.

Our teeth are firmly held together by supporting structures such as the gums and alveolar bone. bad oral hygiene results in deposition of tartar which causes bleeding of gums and hence a dental procedure such as scaling makes us feel that the teeth have loosened. But the removal of tartar helps in arresting further deterioration of the supporting structures and helps recovery. Hence, it is important that you get your teeth professionally cleaned once every six months.
Cleaning teeth with a finger and tooth powder is much better than a toothpaste.
A toothpaste has bristles which help in the removal of plaque and food particles. A finger may not be able to reach all the places as well as a toothbrush does. Your finger can be used to massage your gums with the help of gumpaint if need be.
Over the counter mouthwashes and mint chocolates help in the treatment of bad breath.
Halitosis or bad breath is usually due to tooth decay, gingivitis, smoking, gastrointestinal disturbances etc. Over the counter mouthwashes may only help you to mask this condition and will not treat it. The underlying cause needs to be treated and a good antibacterial mouthwash prescribed by your dentist after proper dental treatment will help take care of the problem.
“Will placing an aspirin on an aching tooth relieve the pain?”
Keeping any painkiller bear a tooth will not reduce the pain in anyway. In fact it may result in burning of the tissues around the tooth. Although swallowing a painkiller after meals will help relieve the pain.
Dental Procedures are always painful.
Most dental procedures are done under local anaesthesia and hence the procedure is almost painless. The modern instruments used in dentistry are so sophisticated that they cause less of vibration and hence more comfortable and less painful.
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