“Step on a crack, you break your mother’s back.” Heard that silly rhyme before? It’s nonsense, really - like the myths surrounding dental procedures. Unfortunately, belief in wives’ tales and misinformation prevents patients from seeking dental help when they need it.
You only get one set of real teeth. With regular care, they last a lifetime. If a problem develops, your dentist can quickly treat the issue and return you teeth to their previously healthy condition.
Have you heard the myth about how painful root canals are?
Well...it’s not true. If treated early enough, your teeth will numb without any problem, allowing your dentist to quickly perform your root canal, with little to no pain. Patients have actually fallen asleep during the procedure.
What about when you get a crown? Do you always need a root canal too?
With early treatment of fractures and tooth decay, there’s about a 5% chance that you will actually need a root canal. This means, don’t wait on getting the procedure because the chances of a root canal will increase.
Did you have a root canal? Can you forget about it because you are no longer in pain?
That is a big, NO! Like a tree or plant, lacking water and sustenance from the soil, your tooth now lacks nutrients and blood. It becomes brittle and can easily fracture. Repairing a root canal treated tooth is difficult and may require extraction. Avoiding a root canal by caring for your teeth is the best solution.
It’s normal during pregnancy to have bleeding gums?
This is not true for everyone. You can help prevent “pregnancy gingivitis” by taking extra care brushing and flossing and your dentist may recommend more frequent cleanings during your pregnancy.
Are you self-conscious when you smile and think it’s too late in life to get braces?
It’s never too late. Regardless of your age, there are a variety of orthodontic treatments available. And the best part is, there is a clear choice...literally, it’s clear.
Is tooth whitening bad for your teeth?
Not if done professionally. Patients choose tooth whitening for a variety of reasons including changing their appearance and improving their smiles or eliminating stains, spots and yellowed teeth. It provides minimally invasive solutions to all of these problems.
What about gum disease? Can gum disease exist without pain or cavities?
Although red, swollen or bleeding gums typically accompany it, persistent bad breath or receding gums may also be indicators of the disease.
There is a reoccurring theme here that should not be overlooked. Don’t rely on secondhand information. See your dentist on a regular basis. Early diagnosis and treatment will ensure a bright, healthy smile to last a lifetime. Now get out there and SMILE!