Everyone has questions about their dental health, so at Valley Dental PC we want to help clear up some common facts and fiction about dental health.
If you are looking for more answers to your dental health questions call us at 315-982-9590 or stop in anytime in New Hartford.
Whitening my own teeth at home is fine
Fiction – Most of the whitening products that you can buy over the counter are safe, however they don’t always work. If you have white fillings or bonding on your teeth, a whitener will not change the color of the material, making them stand out from your newly whitened teeth. You should always talk to your dentist before using any whitening products and discuss your concerns.
Chewing sugarless gum is good for your teeth
Fact – Chewing gum will get the saliva in your mouth flowing which helps wash away food particles from teeth and gums, helping to prevent tooth decay. Clinical studies have shown that chewing gum after meals for 20 minutes will help to prevent tooth decay. Keep in mind, that sugarless is the key and you should look for ADA approved brands.
If my mouth isn’t hurting, I don’t need to see a dentist
Fiction – Waiting to see your dentist before your teeth hurt could be a big mistake. If you are waiting till you have noticeable pain, in most cases it could be too late for preventative treatment for a cavity or gum disease. Make sure to schedule regular visits with your dentist to prevent any potential issues and to help keep your teeth as healthy as possible.
Tooth decay can be outgrown
Fiction – Tooth decay can affect you no matter what age you are. Developing good habits early in life is crucial to good oral health and avoiding tooth decay. Basic habits like brushing your teeth and flossing daily are a great place to start.
Your dental health is important during pregnancy
Fact – During a pregnancy when your hormone levels are changing, any dental problems you have could potentially get worse. Keeping up with your dental health should be part of your overall pregnancy plan. If you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant you should schedule a dentist visit.
Flossing only once a week is all you need
Fiction – According to the ADA, you should floss your teeth daily, brush your teeth twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste, and keep up with regular dental check-ups.
If your teeth are white, they are healthy
Fiction – Just because your teeth are white, doesn’t necessarily mean your mouth is healthy. Did you know that tooth whitening products to not clean your teeth? Basic habits like brushing your teeth twice a day for two minutes and flossing once a day are sure-fire ways to help with your oral health.
If my teeth are sensitive, then I have tooth decay
Fact – Cavities, tooth fractures, worn fillings, brushing your teeth to hard, bleaching, and even gum disease can cause your teeth to become sensitive. Pain while you are eating or drinking you should talk to your dentist.
A little bleeding of the gums after brushing or flossing is normal
Fiction – If brushing your teeth causes your gums to bleed, there are a variety of things that could be causing it. It is never normal for your gums to bleed. It could be something as simple as brushing and/or flossing too hard or early signs of gum disease. If you notice your gums bleed frequently or you are worried, you should make an appointment.
Ice is bad for your dental health
Fact – Ice might be great when the temperature rises but it’s bad for your teeth. When you chew on hard substances like ice, you can break your teeth or damage your enamel. When you use ice keep it to cooling your drinks and not as something to eat.
Still looking for more answers to your dental health questions? Give us a call at 315-982-9590 or stop at 4825 Commercial Drive in New Hartford, NY. We are more than happy to clear up any concerns or questions you have!