Common Dental Misconceptions
You only get one set of teeth for your childhood and one set for adulthood. When it comes to taking care of those teeth, it is better to be safe than sorry. At Comprehensive Dentistry, we believe you deserve to have the most accurate information possible at your disposal as you consider your dental options.
Let’s clear up some of the most pervasive myths about dentistry and oral health.
1. White Is Better
Almost everyone prefers sparkly white teeth for aesthetic purposes, but coloration does not always provide an accurate window into a tooth’s health. For example, bright white teeth can still suffer from cavities, abrasions and other issues.
2. You Can’t See the Dentist While You Are Pregnant
We’re not sure where this one started, but it can safely be tossed onto the pile of disproven old wives’ tales. Your first priority may be growing a new person inside of you, but it’s still crucial to take care of your own teeth and gums.
3. Toothaches Will Come And Go
Sometimes you may be lucky enough to have a toothache come and go on its own, but it is more likely to be a sign of an underlying issue that needs professional care. Remedies may include receiving a filling or crown, or filling a simple prescription. Delaying your diagnoses only extends your discomfort.
4. Teeth-Straightening Is Just For Teens
While it’s true that teenagers still make up the majority of braces patients, but adults can benefit from having better alignment. It’s never too late to take care of your teeth. We are certified Invisalign® providers, offering our patients the straight teeth they’ve always wanted – without braces.
5. Bleeding Gums
This one’s a twofer. One myth states that bleeding gums are perfectly normal and nothing to worry about, while another states that you should avoid flossing in order to prevent your teeth from bleeding. For the former, gums bleeding on their own can be a sign of gum disease which could eventually result in the loss of your teeth. As for the latter, it is normal for your gums to bleed while flossing if you have not been flossing regularly. They will toughen up over time and the bleeding should cease.
You can rely on our team at Comprehensive Dentistry to provide you with the information you need to make educated decisions about your dental care. Contact us today.