10 Common Dental Myths Debunked

selfieThere seem to be a whole lot of things regarding dental health and care that most people believe in that aren’t actually true.

Now, it would be okay if believing in such dental myths didn’t carry negative consequences, but they do. And in many cases, most people don’t even know that what they believe in and their practice is or can be detrimental to their oral health.

That being said, it’s now time that we drill out the truth and debunk these so-called dental myths that a lot of people seem to regard as the truth.

  1. Sugar is the main reason for tooth decay

While sugar certainly plays a huge role, it’s not exactly the only suspect. It’s not even the main one. Rather, the acids produced by the naturally occurring bacteria in our mouth are to blame for plaque buildup, which if left unchecked can lead to tooth decay.

  1. Your teeth are healthy as long as they’re white

While white teeth are pretty to look at, they’re not exactly an accurate barometer for one’s dental health.

The truth is, the natural color of the teeth varies from person to person and there are those with perfectly healthy teeth, but at the same time, theirs may be darker than those whose teeth aren’t as healthy.

  1. Mercury fillings pose no health risk

Majority of fillings used in many dental procedures are made out of mercury and most people don’t seem to have a problem with this. This is wrong, because mercury can leech out into the mouth and is associated with certain diseases, mainly autoimmune and chronic ones.

Those with silver fillings who suffer from bruxism, or those constantly grind their teeth, or drink carbonated beverages regularly, as well as those who chew gum are at a higher risk for developing complications resulting from mercury fillings.

  1. Milk teeth don’t really matter much

While it’s true that they do eventually fall out, the state of the milk teeth or specifically, a child’s oral health at the age of 12 is a good means of predicting the shape of their oral health later on in their life.

  1. Bleaching is bad for the teeth

In years past, bleaching was dangerous to the teeth because the materials used were acidic and would cause the premature breakdown of enamel. These days, though, the materials used are PH neutral and are safe for the teeth.

Still, it is advised to avoid using high concentrations of bleaching material too often as doing so can traumatize or shock the tooth.

  1. Brushing the gums is not advisable

The cleaner the entirety of your mouth is, the less likely there will be plaque and the higher likelihood of complications such as inflammation, gingivitis and gum disease are prevented.

This just means that you should not only brush your teeth, but also your gums and tongue as well. Though, you may want to take it easy and use a soft-bristled toothbrush and not brush as hard so as not to cause bleeding.

  1. Pregnant women should just ignore bloody gums

While there is such a condition known as pregnancy gingivitis, which may cause bleeding gums, it still is not reason enough to dismiss it.

If you’re pregnant and you find your gums suddenly bleeding, do not dismiss it and make sure to have it checked by your dentist.

  1. Flossing and rinsing are not important for good oral health

Flossing is a necessary extra step to prevent the build-up of bacteria on the teeth, mainly in the areas where brushing alone can’t reach. The same goes for rinsing.

Take note of the word “necessary”, because most people think that brushing alone is enough to maintain good oral health.

If you want your teeth to be as clean and as good-looking as it is healthy, make sure to regularly floss and rinse with mouthwash in addition to brushing your teeth.

  1. Bad breath is a sign of gum disease

While it is possible that bad breath may indicate that you have gum disease, it could be a sign of other health complications.

The best way to know is to set an appointment with your dentist and if your mouth checks out as perfectly healthy, then you may want to consult your primary physician.

Bad breath can be a sign of a number of digestive issues, such as acid reflux or bowel obstruction.

  1. Diet has no effect on oral health

Believe it or not, diet is just as important for maintaining a healthy set of pearly whites as it is for having strong, well-developed bones.

If you want to have a healthy set of teeth, practice eating right and start avoiding things that aren’t just bad for your teeth, but also bad for your overall health.

There you have it, ten commonly believed myths that are in dire need of debunking.

Remember, to avoid any oral health issues, be sure to take note of what’s said above and make your mouth health a priority. This means setting regular appointments with the dentist for checkups and professional cleaning, as well as regularly brushing, flossing and rinsing one’s teeth with mouthwash.

Be sure to make your oral health a priority, and contact Dr. Ted Haines DDS at 360-568-8577 to schedule a check-up or visit www.tedhainesdds.com to learn about the services offered by Dr. Haines and his team.

Dr. Ted Haines of Snohomish, WA proudly accepts patients from Monroe, Lake Stevens, Everett, Mill Creek, Woodinville, and surrounding areas.

What Can Cosmetic Bonding Do For Me?

woman smileThe very first moment you realize that you have a chipped tooth will undoubtedly make you feel uneasy. It will also surely make you feel like not smiling. Though, esthetics and self-confidence issues aside, leaving a tooth chipped can also cause pain down the line, making it important to have it fixed as soon as possible.

For that, there’s tooth bonding, a relatively simple and comfortable cosmetic procedure that’s meant to benefit those with broken and weakened teeth.

By definition, bonding involves the application of a plastic or composite resin to repair any chipped, fractured, decayed and discolored tooth, resulting in teeth appearing longer. It’s also considered as the more esthetically pleasing alternative to amalgam fillings.

When compared to other cosmetic dental procedures, bonding is one of the few that produces not only esthetically pleasing results, but also quick and long-lasting ones.

If you’re interested in cosmetic bonding, here are a few benefits you can expect from it, a few proper care tips and the overall flow of the procedure.

How Cosmetic Bonding Works

First things first, while cosmetic bonding is definitely effective in helping you achieve a better-looking smile, it’s not your only treatment option, nor does it fit in all cases.

Cosmetic bonding works best on your front teeth, or those that only need minor repairs.

For more serious cases, your dentist may suggest a different treatment option, like a veneer or crown. Though, before your dentist can decide and help you choose, you’ll have to have your teeth checked first.

Now, for the actual procedure.

Before your dentist can apply the resin, the affected tooth has to be roughened up first for better adhesion. This is usually done using a dremel-like tool and depending on just how severe the crack or chip is, the dentist may choose to numb the area to make sure you’re comfortable all throughout.

While your teeth are being roughened up, a dental assistant usually mixes the resin to make sure that it matches your teeth’s color. Once finished, the resin is applied and shaped by the dentist.

During this time, a special light is used to harden the resin and you may be asked to bite down a few times to check if there’s any excess resin that has to be smoothened away.

The overall process is repeated until the chip or crack is gone.

Practicing Proper Oral Care

Cosmetic bonding is known to not last as long as veneers, but it is possible to enjoy it for more than a decade before it wears out.

Also, something to take note of is that bonding doesn’t resist stains quite well and generally do not respond to whitening treatments. This makes it very important to follow a healthy daily oral hygiene routine to maintain the bonding’s clean, bright look.

Additionally, you may also want to start avoiding stain-inducing beverages, such as tea, coffee and red wine.

A bit more expensive, but reliable and overall, much more esthetically pleasing, tooth bonding is a great treatment option for small, yet necessary repairs to your teeth.

So, what are you waiting for? Beautify the areas of your smile that make you feel self-conscious and be a much more confident you as soon as you walk out of the dentist’s office.

If you would like more information regarding cosmetic bonding, contact Dr. Ted Haines DDS in Snohomish, WA at 360-568-8577 or visit www.tedhainesdds.com to learn more.

Dr. Ted Haines proudly accepts patients from Monroe, Lake Stevens, Everett, Mill Creek, Woodville, and surrounding areas.