Myth#1: Removing the upper teeth can affect your vision.

Fact – Undergoing treatment of the upper teeth including its extraction won’t influence the vision in any way. Tooth extraction or removal doesn’t have any relation with eye and its vision. While local anaesthesia given during the tooth extraction may cause some numbness around the facial area,it recedes in about 3-4 hours after the extraction.

Myth #2: Tooth Extractions are very painful.

Fact – This is a relic from old dental practices. In olden days, anaesthetic wasn’t used during the tooth extraction, and dental tools were much more primitive. In this modern era, every dentist offers a variety of anaesthesia techniques for even the most anxious patients, all designed at eliminating anxiety and discomfort.

Myth #3: All the wisdom teeth have to be pulled out.

Fact – Not everyone has to remove their third molar or the wisdom teeth. Only those wisdom teeth that might crowd other teeth or develop infection due to it being trapped under the teeth gums usually need to be extracted.

Myth#4: The hard toothbrush is the best choice for brushing

Fact – Tooth surface is damaged due to the practice of using a hard tooth brush. This may cause the gums to pull away from the teeth and to abrade away tooth structure at the necks of the teeth. Always softer brushes are recommended for brushing.

Myth#5: Dental treatment should be avoided during pregnancy.

Fact – Dental treatment can be done only during the second trimester (4-6 months) of pregnancy. During the first 3 months or last 3 months of pregnancy, emergency dental procedures to provide pain relief can only be carried out.

Myth#6: No need of treating decay of milk teeth as they are going to fall off anyways.

Fact – Milk teeth should be cared as much as permanent teeth. These teeth could cause pain if decayed and also lead to trouble while chewing the food. Hence they need to be treated. Also if there is an early loss of a milk tooth, it could cause misalignment and drifting of erupting permanent teeth.

Myth#7:  Better not to brush your teeth when the gums bleed

Fact – Inflammation of the gums results in bleeding. Usually, bleeding gums have plaque and tartar and require cleaning of teeth (scaling) to treat the underlying inflammation. Stopping brushing will mount up more tartar thereby aggravating the same problem. Hence regular brushing with a soft toothbrush and cleaning is recommended.

Myth#8: If a toothache stops hurting, the problem is gone.

Fact – People think that pain is the only problem that should be treated by a dentist in Sydney. A damaged tooth usually stops aching once the tooth’s nerves die. While they don’t feel pain, they might lead to an abscess formation requiring root canal treatment or removal of the tooth.