The first recorded events having to do with dentistry date as far back as 7000 BC. Between then and now, there has been a lot of time for rumors to be spread about dental treatments and techniques, some out-dated facts and some pure fiction. And let’s be honest, back then they believed in tooth worms and had their teeth pulled without any form of anesthesia or pain-killers. At least you don’t have to worry about that. With all the recent advancements in dentistry, you’ll be surprised to know that you have practically nothing to fear as long as you keep up with your oral hygiene. Here are three dental myths revealed by your dentist in San Marcos. <
If Your Teeth Are White, They’re Healthy
Even though your smile may be straight, white, and look as healthy as ever, it doesn’t mean that there aren’t oral health problems lingering. Common issues like cavities, infections, and impacted wisdom teeth can begin to form and remain unseen by the naked eye without revealing any symptoms. That’s why routine checkups and cleanings every six months is a vital part of maintaining your oral health. When you visit your dentist, they are specially trained to spot these problems using digital X-rays or special technology like intraoral cameras. That way, you won’t have to worry about the small problems becoming more severe and ruining your beautiful grin.
Teeth Whitening is Dangerous
Teeth whitening is one of the most common cosmetic treatments, because who wouldn’t prefer a whitened smile? However, you may have heard that the professional whitening products your dentist uses can damage your pearly whites. Before the 1990s, early methods did use acidic substances that damaged tooth enamel. Today, every product your dentist uses is proven to be safe because it’s rigorously tested beforehand and approved by the American Dental Association. Although you may experience some sensitivity after your treatment, you won’t have to worry about permanent damage to your enamel.
Bleeding Gums When You Brush Is Normal
Your mouth is a powerhouse and a force to be reckoned with. You’d be surprised all the infections and issues that it’s able to fight off on a daily basis. However, it’s not indestructible. If you notice that your gums are bleeding when you brush or floss, this could be a sign of a serious oral health problem called gum disease. It could also be a result of brushing too aggressively, causing damage to your mouth. Either way, it’s a bad sign. If you notice chronic bleeding, you need to schedule a checkup and cleaning with your dentist so they can make sure your pearly whites and gums are healthy, and offer treatment to prevent any additional damage.
The best way to debunk any dental myths that you may have heard is to directly discuss them with your dentist in San Marcos. They can address whether there’s any truth behind them and put your mind to rest during your next routine checkup and cleaning.
About the Author
Dr. Bob Donnelly has completed rigorous additional training and education to attain status as a Master of the Academy of General Dentistry. He also graduated from one of the most esteemed institutions, the Las Vegas Institute of Cosmetic Dentistry. He is able to provide comprehensive services to his patients because he has an array of experience and education. As an active member of countless professional organizations, he stays up to date with the latest advancements in the dental field. For questions or to schedule a routine appointment or a consultation for a cosmetic treatment, visit San Marcos Gentle Dental’s website or call 512-396-5225.