Debunking Dental Myths

Debunking Dental Myths

When it comes to the field of dentistry, there are some popular dental myths out there that, when heeded, can cause some big problems!  It is no myth that many people, both young and old, across the globe have some real fears about visiting their dentist. Why is that? Overtime, whether to curb anxiety or by accidental creation, a variety of dentistry myths have evolved. Not having accurate information about your dental health can seriously endanger your oral health and total body wellness. Learn the correct answers of commonly held–yet mistaken–beliefs about dentistry and dental practices.  


Dental Myth Number 1: If Gums Bleed When You Brush or Floss Stop

Contrary to what you have been told, the sign of bleeding gums when you brush or floss does not mean that you should stop brushing or flossing–quite the opposite. Bleeding gums can happen for various reasons, but the most common is when there is excessive plaque buildup along the gumline. This plaque needs to be removed through flossing and brushing to ease the inflammation your gums are experiencing from the plaque buildup.  Other things that can cause bleeding include: pregnancy, medicines, and toothbrushes that need to be replaced–hard bristles can irritate gums. It is also important to make sure that you are keeping your regular in-office dental cleanings to keep gums healthy. Dentists have tools that are able to remove tartar and plaque that toothbrushes can’t remove. Bleeding gums are a sign of gingivitis, and in more serious cases, periodontal disease, so keep Dr. Niles in the loop if your gums are bleeding when you brush/floss.


Dental Myth Number 2: You Don’t Need To Worry About Baby Teeth–They Fall Out Anyway

While it is true that your child will lose all of his 20 baby teeth before his teenage years, how you care for those 20 primary teeth will impact how those 32 permanent teeth come in. Baby teeth act as spacers until the permanent teeth are ready to come in. When decay or injury causes them to fall out early, other teeth can come in crooked and start overcrowding issues. Also important to consider, tooth decay is tooth decay and baby teeth that decay can pass that bacteria to the permanent tooth even before it makes it through the surface!  This decay can also spread via gum tissue and saliva causing other health consequences as well. Baby teeth are VERY important. Don’t neglect their health!


Dental Myth Number 3: Teeth Whitening Ruins Your Teeth

Because of the popularity of teeth whitening, the American Dental Association has been studying the safety and efficacy of teeth whitening to ensure the safety of the practice.  Bleaching products contain peroxide(s) that help remove both deep and surface stains. The most commonly observed side effects with these peroxide-based bleaching agents are tooth sensitivity and occasional irritation of soft tissues in the mouth, particularly the gums. Tooth sensitivity often occurs during early stages of bleaching treatment. Tissue irritation may result from an ill-fitting bleaching tray. Teeth whitening is a safe, cosmetic treatment option for patients, BUT it is true that if you don’t respect the power of the bleach and peroxides, following treatment instructions precisely, there is a possibility of damage to your teeth.  This is why it is always advised that you consult with your dentist before beginning any whitening procedure to find out which method will work best for you, how often you should use the treatment, and how much product you should use.


Dental Myth Number 4:  Dental X-Rays Are Harmful

The American Dental Association supports the research that dental X-ray exams are safe.  Dental x-rays require very low levels of radiation exposure, which makes the risk of potentially harmful effects very small. Dental X-ray tools and techniques are designed to limit the body’s exposure to radiation following the “As Low As Reasonably Achievable” (ALARA) principle. Niles Family Dentistry minimizes your exposure to radiation by placing a leaded apron over your chest and abdomen.  We also have chosen to make the move to digital x-rays because they reduce radiation exposure to patients by up to 80 percent compared to film-based systems. Digital radiography also is better for the environment and supports our commitment to eco-friendly dentistry practices.


Call to Schedule Your Free Dental Consultation Today!

Many dental myths exist that if not discussed with an expert can cause fear and confusion among the population.  Our office seeks to help you get the facts so you need not have any fear about your dental treatment.  Neglecting a visit to your dentist because of dental myths that exist can prevent you from having optimum oral health.  Put those fears to bed and get your facts today from a visit with Dr. Niles.  A healthy mouth makes for a healthy body along with a beautiful smile. Call to schedule your dental consultation to learn how Dr. Niles can help you achieve better dental wellness.  Dr. Niles is a family dentist in Niwot, Colorado, with convenient access to the communities of Boulder, Longmont, Lafayette, and Louisville.  Niles Family Dentistry offers state-of-the-art family dentistry and cosmetic dentistry.  Call for your appointment today at (720) 744-0001. We look forward to meeting you and your family!

Ashley Niles

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