Tooth or False? Five Dental Myths Debunked

Anaida Deti, owner and CEO of DentalX, and registered dental hygienist, sets the record straight on the most popular dental misconceptions

Tooth be told, there’s a lot of potential misunderstandings when it comes to dental treatment and proper dental care which fuels the lack of excitement when you see an upcoming dental appointment on your calendar. And while its true that going to the dentist isn’t all fun and games, knowing the truth behind certain myths will certainly help your chances of maintaining good oral health.

Registered Dental Hygienist Anaida Deti is regularly tapped to provide tips and commentary to Canadians on how to take better care of your oral health. She explains that getting to the bottom of dental myths and misconceptions will help you finally make amends with your dental professional.

Five of Anaida’s favourite myths include:

1. You can’t go to the dentist while you’re pregnant: Getting a dental check-up during pregnancy is not only incredibly important but completely safe! Cleanings and simple procedures like cavity fillings can be taken care of before your baby is born, and your dentist can help with any pregnancy-related dental symptoms you might be experiencing.

2.  If my teeth look and feel fine, then I don’t need to go to the dentist: Not necessarily! Sure, it’s great to have healthy looking and feeling teeth, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t a pesky cavity forming. Dental visits and cleanings every 6 months will help keep your teeth looking and feeling healthy; and help to catch any beginning stages of gum disease (which is symptom’s) or cavities

3. They’re just baby teeth and will fall out anyway, no need to see a dentist: One of the biggest misconceptions is that Baby teeth don’t really matter, since they’ll “just fall out”. On the contrary, baby teeth play a huge role in guiding the adult teeth in both direction and health. They foster good nutrition through proper chewing, and aid in speech development 

4. Teeth Whitening is harmful to teeth: Teeth whitening techniques have been well assessed over the years and are safe to use, although minor side effects can occur, such as tooth sensitivity, and irritability within the gums. The extent to which you experience problems in any one of these areas depends on the type of treatment you receive, at-home or in-office.

5. You don’t have to floss if you’re brushing regularly: When you don’t floss, you’re at risk for two major dental issues in your mouth: Gingivitis, and cavities between your teeth, and are not able to remove dental plaque buildup. Brushing only cleans the visible parts of your teeth.

For a full list of Anaida’s dental care tips on healthy meals and snacks or to speak with Anaida on the importance of dental health and oral wellness, please contact:

Rania Walker, Media Relations
416.258.8953 |

When Anaida Deti immigrated to Canada from Albania 14 years ago with her husband, she had only $500 in her pocket and a dream of opening her own business. Seven years, seven-day workweeks and a diploma later, she opened the doors to her very own dental hygiene practice, becoming CEO of Dental-X Smile Centers now DentalX. A registered Dental Hygenist, Anaida has made it her mission to educate patients on the importance of dental health. 

Anaida is a member of the Canadian, Ontario and Toronto Dental Hygienists Association, and was elected as the ODHA Ambassador for Toronto North. She founded Mission Kind (Kids In Need of Dentalcare), to help children aged 6-16 obtain much needed dental work at no charge. In 2015, she became a finalist for the MOMpreneur Award for Excellence. Anaida is a coveted speaker at dental conventions and seminars. Her passion and dental expertise has garnered her media coverage in the Toronto Star, Elevate Magazine, and Focus Magazine. She has been a featured guest expert on Global Morning, BT, CTV News Channel, CP24, CTV News and Yahoo. She had a monthly dental column in Metroland Media called Deti Does Dental, and is a regular contributor to Huffington Post. You can connect with her @anaidadeti