At A+ Dentistry, we learn a lot from talking to our patients. Sure, we learn about their medical histories, families, and jobs, but we also learn just how much they’ve been misinformed about dentistry and their teeth. With the internet at our fingertips, it’s easy to go online and search for answers to your dental questions and concerns; the problem is that, sometimes, the information is incorrect. Even worse, believing everything you read about teeth on the web could be harming your teeth. Here are just a few of the most commonly believed dental myths (and the truths that will make you think twice before you take Wikipedia’s word for it):
Myth 1 — I don’t need to see the dentist if my teeth are healthy.
Are you sure your teeth are healthy? Would you be willing to bet your smile on that? The truth is, only a dentist can know for sure if your teeth, gums, and oral tissues are truly healthy. Not only do they have well-trained eyes and experience, they have special equipment that helps to ensure that your teeth are free of decay, your gums free of disease, and your oral tissues are free of potentially cancerous spots and lesions. No matter how healthy you think your teeth are, be sure to visit your dentist at least twice a year.
Myth 2 — Orthodontic treatment is simply cosmetic.
Not at all! In fact, orthodontic treatment can be used to correct a number of painful conditions, prevent potential airway problems, and restore smiles as well as confidence. Depending on the individual, crooked teeth could lead to misalignments that are more difficult to correct, gum disease, difficulty speaking, or complications with chewing. Having a straight smile is just a bonus.
Myth 3 — Whiter teeth are healthier teeth.
Unfortunately, dulled teeth are a natural part of the aging process. Your teeth could be as off-white as a manilla folder, yet be healthier than the person who regularly uses abrasive, over-the-counter whitening treatments. The truth is, professional whitening is perfectly safe and can transform your smile almost instantly, but that does not mean that your teeth are free of decay.
If you live in Cumming, Georgia, or the surrounding neighborhoods, call us to schedule an appointment. We’d love to set you straight about other dental myths and be a trusted part of your healthcare team. We can’t wait to see that smile!