The age of the Internet and social media allows people to digest more information than ever. This is incredible for obvious reasons, but as you can imagine, not all the information is credible. As a premier Oregon City dental office, our team works to educate every patient about the advantages of great oral health care. Every day we spend a good portion of our time teaching patients.
Sometimes we’re overwhelmed by the good information our patients have when they visit our office. But sometimes we have to question where our patients got their information. That’s why today I have to shed some light on the biggest dental myths circulating out there today. This is serious. Following bad dental advice can absolutely destroy your smile.
Bleeding and swollen gums is part of life. MYTH. Bleeding or swollen gums are a big problem and need attention. This is one of the most dangerous myths out there. Bleeding or swollen gums are the first signs of gum disease, a dangerous oral health issue that is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults. Researchers have also found that gum disease has a connection with serious overall health problems like diabetes or heart disease. We use state-of-the-art dental lasers to restore damaged or infected gums.
Root canals are dangerous to your health. MYTH. This is one of the wildest dental myths out there, mostly because it originated from the 1920s. Not to say we still can’t use practices from the 1920s, but modern science has disproven that root canals are dangerous time and time again. The theory is that the filling material in root canals can spread throughout the body and make you sick. Researchers have found no evidence that root canals cause any illnesses, and I assure you that we only use the safest material for all of our dental procedures.
Teeth-whitening damages your teeth. MYTH. We dentists have used whitening for years, and it’s perfectly safe for your teeth and gums. In the past few years, many dental company have released over-the-counter whitening options. Many of our patients use these products, but we ask that you consult us or a dental professional before purusing whitening treatments. Your teeth and gums can become irritated if you have signs of gum disease or tooth decay. Our office makes sure that whitening patients are free of dental issues before rendering any whitening procedures.
My teeth don’t hurt, so I don’t have cavities. MYTH. While dental pain often comes with having deep cavities, there is no guarantee that a cavity will be painful. More importantly, don’t wait until you’re in pain to visit the dentist. If a patient has a painful cavity, it’s possible the decay has reached the root of the tooth. The longer you wait, the more likely it is that you’ll need extensive restorative dental treatments.
Sugar is the biggest cause of cavities. MYTH. Sugar isn’t good for your teeth, don’t get us wrong, but sugar does not directly cause cavities. Tooth decay is caused by acid enamel erosion. The consumption of sugar and carbohydrates plays a huge role in causes tooth decay, but the cavities develop from bacteria and acids. Sugars and carbohydrates will form plaque in the mouth, which then creates harmful bacteria and acid. When your teeth are exposed to these harmful acids for long periods of time, the acid damages the enamel.
Do yourself a favor and save this document. It will help you weed through some bad dental information you may come across. Our dental office is here to help improve your dental office in anyway that we can. Please don’t hesitate to call us at 503-917-0523 to set up your appointment today.
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