Dental Myths and Taboos: Hurdles to Oral Health

  • Jitender Dagar
  • Arun Rahar
  • Nivedita Gautam
  • Munish Dheeraj
Keywords: Dental Myths, Dental Taboos, Beliefs


For generations, the dental profession has encountered countless subjects coming up with diverse myths and other illogical beliefs. Most of these have their roots deeply seated in cultural and religious factors. These myths have got a significant impact on oral health of the population, leading to a poor oral health status and ultimately degrading the oral health related quality of life. There is an urgent need to break this chain of unreasoned concepts that is being passed from one generation to the next. It is a difficult task but not impossible. The requirement of the hour is to impart dental health education at grass root level for behavioural modification and dissolving the irrational beliefs for increasing oral health awareness and dental care utilization rate.


Download data is not yet available.

Author Biographies

Jitender Dagar

BDS ,MDS (Conservative Dentistry and Endodontics), International Dental and Cosmetic Centre, Gurugram, Haryana

Arun Rahar

PG Student, Department of Conservative Dentistry and Endodontics, BRS Dental college and Hospital Sultanpur, Barwala, Panchkula Haryana

Nivedita Gautam

PG Student, Department of Pedodontics and Preventive Dentistry, BRS Dental college and Hospital Sultanpur, Barwala, Panchkula Haryana

Munish Dheeraj

BDS, MDS (Conservative Dentistry and Endodontics),  Clinic Dental Hub, Private Practitioner, Jammu, Jammu and Kashmir


Ahmed B, Imran MF, Amin M, Saeed F. Sources of information and oral hygiene practice among patients visiting dental section of university medical & dental college, Faisalabad. JUMDC 2010; 1(2): 8-10.

Singh SV, Tripathi A. A study on prosthodontic awareness and needs of an ageing Indian rural population. J Ind Prosthodont Soc 2007;7:21–3.

Lim LP, Schwarz E, Lo ECM. Chinese health beliefs and oral health practices among the middle-aged and the elderly in Hong Kong. Community Dent Oral Epidemiol 1994;22(5):364-8.

Alexander RE. Eleven myths of dentoalveolar surgery. J Am Dent Assoc 1998;129:1271-9.

Farooq H, Bukhari SH, Riaz M. Myths associated with dental scaling. Pak Oral Dental J.2016;36(2):267-9.

DOI: 10.26440/IHRJ/0305.08276
Published: 2019-08-25
How to Cite
Jitender Dagar, Arun Rahar, Nivedita Gautam, Munish Dheeraj. Dental Myths and Taboos: Hurdles to Oral Health. IHRJ [Internet]. 2019Aug.25 [cited 2023Mar.29];3(5):176-8. Available from: