5 Dental Myths Exposed
Today the slightest fever or abnormal twinge sends us frantically searching the Internet to diagnose our own problem. It’s amazing to live in such an age, but the problem is that not all information is credible. You can always trust the dental professionals and Snellville GA general dentistry office to guide you to a healthier, brighter smile.
At Parkway Dental, we offer a series of dental treatments for patients, regardless of their age or dental complication. One thing we pride ourselves on is our elite and professional dental team. You can reach us by calling (770) 691-2229 or using the convenient online form to schedule a visit.
Our team is well-versed in all aspects of dentistry, and we love educating patients about the power of a great smile. That’s we want to take some time today to unpack a few dental myths. Following bad information can have dire consequences on your smile.
My teeth don’t hurt, so I don’t need a dentist. MYTH
It’s best to visit the dentist for your cleanings and exams every six months. Waiting until your in pain to visit the dentist is a lot like waiting until your car is smoking to get it checked out. If you do this, you might be facing a serious dental problem that will be extremely costly to fix. Additionally, you have serious dental issues that do not cause pain. It’s extremely common for patients to have gum disease — the leading cause of tooth loss — or need root canal therapy and show no physical symptoms. Of course treating major dental issues is extremely costly. Prevention is always the cheaper option.
Teeth whitening is harmful for your smile. MYTH
Teeth whitening is one of the oldest and safest cosmetic dental treatments on the market. It’s not harmful to your teeth or gums, especially when completed under the guidance of a professional. But that’s true for almost any dental procedure. Teeth whitening can make unhealthy gums and teeth sensitive, and that’s why dentists don’t whitening unhealthy teeth. Also, keep in mind that teeth whitening will not improve the shade of restorations like crowns, bridges, or veneers.
Orthodontics are only meant for children. MYTH
Ideally, everyone would have orthodontic prevention and intervention at a young, when the jawbone and teeth are fully developing. But not everyone can have orthodontic treatment at a young age, or maybe they did and saw their teeth shift. We have orthodontic treatment for adults that does not require the use of metal brackets of wires. Invisalign uses clear aligners to gradually move teeth into a better position. Not only is Invisalign ideal for adults, but the trays are virtually invisible.
Bleeding gum are not serious. MYTH
This is obvious myth, but it’s worth noting, because many patients ignore bleeding gums as common problem — or something that will naturally go away. The truth is that bleeding gums are the first sign of gum disease, also known as periodontal disease. If left untreated, gum disease is an infection that can spread throughout the mouth and cause tooth loss. The first stages of gum disease are curable, but advanced periodontal disease is incurable. You’ll need care for the rest of your life.
Dentures are as good as natural teeth. MYTH
Anyone with dentures can tell you right away that they are nothing like natural teeth. Dentures give you only a fraction of the biting power of natural teeth. There is a major list of foods you’ll need to avoid if you wear dentures. Additionally, when the teeth are lost, the jawbone will begin to change shapes. These changes will cause you to develop wrinkles around your mouth, and you’ll see your chin and nose actually grow closer together. The good news is that dentures are not the only tooth replacement option. Dental implants are strong and fuse to the jawbone. Our dental implants are nearly as strong as natural teeth, preserve the jawbone, and give you a more youthful smile.
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These are just a few dental myths that we don’t want you falling victim to. Our office is skilled in all facets of dentistry. We offer treatments for patients of all ages. Give us a call today at (770) 691-2229.