Many of us have a wonderful track record when it comes to dental health. But good results do not happen without effort … daily brushing and flossing along with seeing the dentist every six months lead the way to maintaining a healthy mouth.
Additionally, there are certain beliefs that require clarification because you could be doing damage to your teeth and gums that could result in decay, gum disease, or tooth loss.
- If I don’t eat sugar, I don’t have to worry about getting cavities … false. Although sugar can be damaging to teeth, the bacteria from anything consumed that is allowed to build on teeth is the leading cause of tooth decay. That is why regular brushing and daily flossing plus consistent hygienic cleaning is so important. Plaque forms on teeth when bacteria are allowed to remain on teeth building and hardening so only your dental provider can remove it.
- Having one or more teeth extracted is no big deal … false. Once a tooth is lost, the opportunity for problems like teeth shifting creating a malocclusion, grinding teeth and jaw clenching, and aesthetic concerns occur. It is always best to try to salvage a tooth whenever possible.
- A dry mouth is inconvenient, but not a problem … false. When your mouth is dry due to a temporary nervous situation, that’s OK. But when the condition is ongoing due to illness, medication, or dehydration; you should consult your dentist for relief. Anything you can do to promote saliva production like chewing gum or sucking on sugar free candy; keeping water readily available; or using one of the products recommended to increase saliva will help to maintain your dental health.
- Teeth whitening products are all the same … false. You can buy whitening strips, one size fits all bleaching kits, mouth washes, and tooth pastes at the drug store, online, or where you buy groceries. But without the guidance of your dental provider or the products they recommend, many teeth whitening promotions are a waste of time and money.
- Seeing your dentist every six months is unnecessary … false. Being proactive where your dental health is concerned may allow you to keep your biological teeth for a lifetime.
For additional information or to schedule your next exam and professional cleaning, contact the office of Family Smiles Dental Group at 972-539-0608.