Common Misconceptions About Dental Health
An apple a day keeps the doctor away! Once thought to be just a cute saying, there is now evidence that proves there is validity to that statement.
Seeing your dentist twice per year for teeth cleaning and a dental exam is not just a slogan or a ploy to get you into the dental chair. There is evidence that keeping teeth and gum tissue healthy can enhance overall health.
Research has shown a possible link between dental health and heart health. Diseases of the immune system, such as diabetes and arthritis, can impact dental health. These are great reasons to keep the mouth as healthy as possible, but many patients fail to recognize the connection and let these common misconceptions be their guide:
If I brush and floss daily, it is not necessary to go the dentist twice per year. This is probably the biggest misconception of all. Being vigilant about brushing and flossing is helping to keep teeth healthy, but the cleaning needed to remove plaque build-up is only obtainable by visiting your dental provider.
Bleeding gum tissue is no big deal. Healthy gums do not bleed unless being brushed or flossed too harshly. If gums bleed, this could indicate the onset of gingivitis. Left unchecked and untreated, gingivitis can lead to periodontitis. Tooth loss is the potential result.
Tooth loss is a natural occurrence as we age. Most people have twenty “baby teeth” and thirty-two permanent teeth. All of these teeth serve a specific purpose. Healthy deciduous teeth pave the way for healthy permanent teeth. Once permanent teeth are in place, ironic as it may seem, the third molars (wisdom teeth) may need to be removed. But these are basically the only teeth that adults can anticipate losing without impact.
Seeing the dentist usually means discomfort. But what happens if you choose to skip dental appointments? Dental decay, broken teeth, gum disease are all much more difficult to resolve than try to prevent.
Dental visits are too costly. Maintaining dental health with consistent visits for a thorough cleaning and exam, along with following a daily regimen of flossing and brushing, will help keep costly dental repairs to a minimum. Prevention is the key.