How savvy do you think you are you about your dental health? You brush and floss like a superstar and watch what you eat, so what else do you need to know?
The truth is that there are still lots of myths surrounding dentistry, and what you don’t know (or think you do know) can hurt your oral health in the long run. Here are four of the most prevalent myths along with the facts.
Myth #1: If my teeth feel okay, I don’t need to see the dentist
Truth: The best time to see your dentist for routine visits is when your teeth feel okay. Cleanings and exams help us confirm that your smile is healthy, and if we do find something, we can take steps to resolve it before it causes you discomfort.
Myth #2: Baby teeth aren’t that important since they just fall out anyway
Truth: Baby teeth are designed to hold a place for permanent teeth that are already developing in your child’s gums. If a baby tooth comes out before it’s supposed to, neighboring teeth start to shift, which throws off the proper alignment of the permanent teeth when they emerge. Routine appointments beginning at age one will ensure that your child has the healthiest possible start.
Myth #3: You shouldn’t see the dentist when you’re pregnant
Truth: Routine dental cleanings and exams are incredibly important during pregnancy. An increase in hormones can affect your gum health, which can lead to periodontal infection. We now know that gum disease can contribute to low birth weight or pre-term babies, making this a critical time to manage your gum health.
Myth #4: Teeth whitening is harmful to teeth
Truth: Professional teeth whitening performed under the supervision of a dentist is not harmful. Whitening products are formulated specifically to lift surface stains from dental enamel so they don’t damage teeth. Sensitivity is not uncommon but can be eliminated by adjusting the strength of the whitening gel to fit your needs.
Please Call Us with Your Questions
If you have questions for Temple, TX dentist Dr. Richard Leung, please don’t hesitate to let us know what’s on your mind. Remember that there are no silly questions – if something is important to you, it’s important to us!