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5 more dental myths debunked March 29, 2013

Filed under: Dental health — Mall of Georgia Dentistry @ 8:35 am

Our first myth concerns bleaching and various tooth treatments:

Dental Myth: Tooth-colored fillings, veneers and crowns will get lighter with teeth bleaching.

Dental Fact: Teeth whitening only affects natural tooth structure. Any tooth-colored filling materials, veneers, crowns, bridges and partials will NOT change color with tooth whitening or tooth bleaching.

They are a fixed color and won’t change.  Myth two:

Dental Myth: My parents did not have any cavities or dental problems, so I will not either.

Dental Fact: Genetics plays a small role in dental health. The main component in predicting dental health is the level of oral hygiene that a patient has. Brushing twice a day and flossing once a day, along with regular dental visits, will help keep your teeth and gums healthy.

Or, don’t rely on genetics to get you through.  Good oral care habits are the key.

Dental Myth: Chewing gum after a meal is a good substitute for brushing.

Dental Fact: Chewing gum after a meal, especially sugar free gum, can freshen breath but it is NO substitute for brushing and flossing.

Seems like common sense but you wouldn’t believe the number of people who believe the myth to be true.

Another widespread but erroneous belief?  This one:

Dental Myth: During pregnancy, all dental procedures must be avoided.

Dental Fact: Professional dental cleanings can be performed at any point during pregnancy. However, routine x-rays should be avoided. Emergency dental care can be performed at any time with physician clearance.

And finally:

Dental Myth: Removing tarter or calculus will cause teeth to get loose.

Dental Fact: Removing tarter or calculus can make teeth feel light. This feeling is temporary. Not removing the tarter and calculus will result in gum disease. When gum disease gets severe, the bone holding the teeth in place is eaten away. This will make your teeth loose.

Cleaning teeth and removing tartar is actually going to help you avoid the gum disease that will loosen (and eventually cause you to lose) your teeth.

If you have any quesitons about any of these please feel free to contact us and discuss them.  Remember, brush and floss!

Mall of Georgia Dentistry

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