5 Lies your dentist knows you’re telling

Often people tell a white lie when going to the dentist or stretch the truth a little.

However, a person’s mouth is an accurate reflection of not only oral health but health in general. Lying about things like how frequently you floss or drink alcohol can undermine your dentist’s diagnosis. For instance, inflamed, bleeding or swollen gums can be a sign of leukaemia and not just gingivitis (gum disease).

It is important to have a close relationship with your dentist in order to receive the best possible treatment. Here are five lies you can stop telling at your next appointment.

Lie #1: “That doesn’t hurt.”

How they can tell: Your eyes are the windows to your soul or rather the proof is in your eyes. People tend to flinch or clench their eyes shut when they are in pain. Other pain indications are when your tongue and legs tighten.

What you should do: If what the dentist is doing hurts, speak up and prepare ahead of time. If you know you’re seeing the dentist for something other than a routine cleaning, call the beforehand and ask if you can take certain pain medication before your appointment.

Lie #2: “I hardly ever drink cold drinks.”

How they can tell: Cold drinks in general contain acid and can wear away the protective layer of enamel on the outside of your teeth. Lemonade and citrus fruits can have the same effect due to the high acidic level.

What you should do: It is as easy as saying NO. Refrain from sipping on these drinks for long periods. It would be ideal if you rinse your mouth with water after you had such a drink to eliminate any sugar and acid that lingers on your teeth and erode enamel.

Lie #3: “I don’t smoke.”

How they can tell: Tobacco stains are a real give away.

What you should do: Quit — ASAP. There are a lot of reasons not to smoke and the list of long-term side effects goes on and on. Amongst others, one of the effects is the fact that smoking increases your risk for all types of cancer (Mouth, throat, lung etc.).

Lie #4: “I floss regularly.”

How they can tell: By brushing your teeth, it removes plaque from your gum line. However, simply brushing does not remove plaque from below your gums; this is the job of floss. Inflamed gums are an indication of gingivitis, or gum disease, indicating that you don’t floss regularly or doing it wrong.

What you should do: Floss once a day. Guide the string between your teeth (instead of snapping it up into the gums) and use gentle up-and-down motions to dislodge any food particles.

Lie #5: “I don’t grind my teeth at night.”

How they can tell: This is not entirely a lie because you won’t necessarily know if you grind your teeth while you sleep. There are a few signs that you might be a tooth grinder which is headaches or muscle pain around your jaw. This should not be ignored.

What you should do: You may need a bite guard to protect your teeth and the enamel. Consult your dentist for the best option and solution.



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