Archive for April 2014
Here are a some interesting dental myths:
1. My kids took all the Calcium from my teeth while I was pregnant and caused my teeth to decay.
Teeth are formed when we are children. They have a organic mineral matrix that once formed remains completely unchanged for our entire lives. Erosion, abrasion and attrition of the exterior surface of the tooth causes wear, but in no way can pregnancy remove Calcium from our teeth!
2. I inherited my bad teeth from my parents.
There are some dental traits that are genetic; e.g. congenitally missing teeth, genetic disorders like amelogenesis imperfecta, etc. Tooth decay is in no way genetic. It is caused by the metabolites produced by bacteria as they process sugars in our diet. We are not even born with cavity causing bacteria in our mouths, but rather acquire them once exposed (usually when sharing a spoon with our parents as babies). Every individual's teeth are as unique as finger-prints. Unfortunately, we can't blame our parents for this one!
3. Cavities in baby teeth are no big deal because they will just fall out anyway.
Baby teeth are the primary dentition and are just as important as our adult dentition. They are the only way for us to properly chew when we are children. They provide the space required for the eruption of the adult teeth when our jaws have grown to a sufficient size to accommodate them. If we do not treat baby teeth in a timely manner, children may experience pain that may reduce nutritional intake and affect growth and development. Early loss of baby teeth often leads to malpositioned adult teeth and costly orthodontic treatments!
Some fun dental facts:
1. Cavities are the second most common disease in North America - second only to the common cold!
2. Emergency dental treatments cost on average 10 x more than routine preventative dental care.
3. Someone dies of oral cancer every hour.