There are a number of dental facts that the general public doesn’t know the truth about. For example, people tend to think if their teeth don’t hurt, they must be healthy. This common misconception leads patients to suffer sometimes in the future. In an effort to set the record straight, let’s dive into some myths.
“I brush my teeth fast and hard so the plaque is removed faster and better.”
Brushing your teeth harder or faster can sometimes be bad for your teeth. The notion of “brushing your teeth” is often mistaken for “scrubbing your teeth.” Scrubbing is not the correct action, as scrubbing can be too harsh on our gums and teeth. It is important to be gentle. We should be brushing our teeth for 2 minutes at least twice a day. Check out this video of our hygienist, Rachel, properly demonstrating how to brush your teeth.
“My teeth are fairly white so they’re fine.”
Do you know how a rainbow has tons of colors and shades? Same thing with our teeth! Teeth come in a wide range of white shades. This is true because each person has a different shade of white. However, no one wants to have dark or discolored teeth. If you look at your smile in photos and you aren’t 100% satisfied with the color, you would be a good candidate for a smile makeover. Smile makeovers fix your smile by enhancing the color, shape, spaces, bite, etc. These changes are proven to boost the patient’s confidence in social settings, as a smile is usually the first thing others see. However, smile makeovers don’t limit themselves to aesthetics. Smile makeovers cover functional aspects such as gum disease, infection, decay, tooth loss, etc.
“My teeth don’t hurt, so I don’t need to go to the dentist.”
Oral health and physical health need to coexist in order for the patient to have overall health. However, many people think that they can go years without going to the dentist. There are many reasons why this could happen. Whatever the reason, it is essential for people to visit the dentist at least twice a year. During these visits, dentists have the opportunity to examine your mouth. When examining, cavities, damages, and so much more, can be seen. It’s important to have these appointments so that we have the opportunity to replace existing dental work through cosmetic and/or restorative dentistry. Visiting twice a year will ensure a happier and healthier life.
“Gum disease only affects my mouth.”
Gum disease does affect your oral health. It can cause you to have bad breath, tooth loss, pain, and more. So much more, that it doesn’t end at just affecting your oral health. Gum disease can affect your overall health as well. Gum disease may increase your risk for heart disease or strokes, diabetes, and premature birth. If you want to have a healthier smile and life, consider coming in for a free gum disease assessment.
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