Here at Heartland Periodontics, we like to ask our patients about some of the most common myths that they hear regarding dental care. Because we believe in patient education, we like to know what popular advice is out there and whether or not it is trustworthy. Today, Dr. Kirsch is here to debunk some of the most common dental myths that we hear so that you can learn better ways to care for your oral health.
Not exactly. Sugar does not directly cause cavities, but it does provide bacteria with fuel to survive and flourish. Bacteria in your mouth feeds on sugar and leaves cavity-causing acid waste. The acid waste is the major component of plaque and tartar, which are the main culprits of tooth decay. So eating a few desserts can be okay, but make sure to balance them out with healthy meals and attentive brushing.
Cosmetic teeth whitening treatments have grown in popularity over the last several decades. But white teeth are not always indicators of perfect health. Patients may have shiny and beautiful teeth while gum disease lurks out of sight. In order to ensure that your mouth is in good shape, ask your teeth-whitening specialist if they can spot symptoms of other oral health problems.
While it is true that poor oral hygiene can contribute to bad breath, there are often additional factors that cause halitosis as well. Gum disease and oral cancer can lead to chronic bad breath. Certain medications, dry mouth and pungent foods may also be at fault. Before you panic, talk to Dr. Kirsch to make sure that your case of bad breath is not a symptom of a larger health problem.
A lot of people dismiss bleeding while brushing as a sign that they’re just brushing too hard. Don’t fall victim to this belief. Tender and bloody gums are a more sinister sign of gum disease. Bleeding gums, mouth sores, unexplained pus, halitosis and loosening teeth are indicative or periodontitis as well. If you are experiencing any of those symptoms, make an appointment with Dr. Kirsch right away. And always brush your teeth, even if your gums are bleeding!
Dentures have been a staple for patients with missing teeth for decades, but there are now other options available that are better for combating bone loss. Dental implants are permanent devices that fully integrate into the mouth. The titanium rods that serve as the fixture for dental implants provide support to the facial structure and can actually reverse some of the effects of jawbone deterioration.
Excessive plaque is often a sign of other problems. Poor nutrition, lazy dental hygiene and other oral diseases can cause plaque buildup. These issues often need to be examined and corrected by a professional in order to determine the proper line of care for you. Avoid using a hard-bristle toothbrush, as these can wear away at the enamel and irritate the gums.
Keeping our patients well-informed is important to us. We believe that education is the best way to maintain proper oral hygiene habits and prevent long-term health problems. If you have a question about any of these dental myths or have one of your own that you’re uncertain about, contact our office, as we are happy to help you understand more about your smile.
Dr. Michael Kirsch
4660 Lakeview Drive
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