Dentist debunks common dental myths
On February 9, the world celebrates International Dentist Day. On this occasion, Dr. Yakim Lakai revealed the common myths that dentists face in their practical life.
The dentist notes that the most common misconception is that milk teeth do not need to be treated.
And he says: “If milk teeth are not treated, their early loss is not ruled out, which leads to the propensity of neighboring teeth to replace the missing tooth, which must be replaced by a permanent tooth. In addition, untreated milk teeth are considered a gateway for infection, as staphylococcus aureus can get on them, and streptococcal bacteria enter the bloodstream and spread in the child’s body, causing damage to the kidneys, liver, even the heart and immune system. Milk teeth need to be treated.
He adds a second myth, that tooth decay appears only in those who like to eat sweets.
He says: “First of all, enamel resistance and density play an important role in the rapid development of caries. This can be hereditary and depends on the structure of the tissues, or on the type of toothpaste used, which affects the surface of the tooth. enamel. As a precautionary measure, some types of sweets can be avoided.” “It sticks to the teeth and stimulates microbes that feed on sugar and produce acid that causes cavities. Children under 12 years old should not have the necessary skill to brush their teeth, and this is also one of the reasons for the appearance of caries. Therefore, parents should monitor this issue and help them.”
According to the third myth, milk teeth do not have roots and nerves.
He says: “The milk teeth have roots that are sometimes even larger than those of the permanent teeth. But these roots dissolve when it’s time to change teeth, so when baby teeth fall out, we only see the top of them. “
The nerves and vessels present in milk teeth are connected to nerve endings, arteries and veins, through which the teeth receive nutrients and mineral saturation, which gives them a bright whiteness and a beautiful appearance. Therefore, the tooth gradually loses its bright whiteness after the removal of the nerve and becomes brittle. Therefore, it is recommended to wrap these teeth in order to preserve them and prolong their life.