We have seen a lot of patients over the years at Caring Dental of Spotswood, and we have enjoyed helping each one to achieve better oral health. One of the ways we help is by providing accurate information about oral health care and dispelling any falsehoods or “myths” they share with us. Here are a few we would like to share with you.
Wait Until Your Teeth Hurt to Visit a Dentist
In some cases that might be a very long time. And, even though you haven’t felt any pain, all of the bacteria that cause tooth decay and gum disease have been quietly destroying tooth enamel and building plaque and tartar on your teeth. When you finally experience a toothache and see a dental professional, a lot of damage may have been done to many of your teeth, not just the one causing the toothache. We recommend that you have your teeth examined twice a year to catch problems before they grow.
Whiter Teeth Are Healthier Teeth
A beautiful smile with white teeth may look healthier, but that isn’t necessarily true. Each of us may have a slightly different shade of “white” teeth, but the true test of healthy teeth lies in the oral care you provide. A better indicator of healthy teeth is breath that smells fresh and teeth with no cavities.
Bleaching or Whitening Makes Teeth Weak
The whitening process today involves the application of a solution that does not harm your teeth.
Flossing Is Not Necessary
Common sense tells you that brushing alone can’t reach all of your tooth and gum surfaces. Flossing between the teeth plays a vital role in maintaining good oral hygiene. Flossing will remove bits of food that become lodged between the teeth when a toothbrush can’t reach it. Some bleeding may occur when you begin a flossing routine. If the bleeding continues for longer than a week or two, seek professional care because you may have a more advanced case of gum disease. Remember that a professional cleaning will remove any plaque or tartar buildup that you are unable to remove with your toothbrush or floss.
Baby Teeth Don’t Matter
Yes, they do! In addition to chewing foods, primary teeth hold the spaces open for the permanent teeth that will eventually erupt. This allows each primary tooth to come into the correct space and can help to prevent the need for orthodontic correction later. Maintaining good oral hygiene for your child will help to avoid cavities in the primary teeth and the possibility of early tooth loss, too.
There Isn’t a Best Time to Brush
There really IS a best time to brush! We recommend brushing every morning after you get up for the day and every evening just before you retire for the night. This timing is optimum because bedtime brushing allows the teeth the longest interval free of the food, etc., that helps feed the bacteria that leads to tooth decay. Brushing in the morning cleanses any bacteria buildup from the night and gives your breath a boost, too.
Your Teeth Can’t Heal Themselves
This is no myth. Unlike other organs and tissue in your body, your teeth can’t rejuvenate themselves when they suffer damage from decay. It is important that you take the time to have a dental exam twice a year to prevent problems and capture any existing problems while they are more easily repaired. If you are currently experiencing any problems with your teeth, or if you would like to begin an oral care program with us, please contact our office today. We serve Spotswood, New Jersey, and the surrounding area.