Busting Common Oral Health Myths

Are your teeth getting the care and respect they deserve? We’re willing to bet they’re a bit neglected. See if your at-home dental care fits any of these oral health myths.

MYTH: If I see the dentist twice a year, my teeth will be fine.
TRUTH: Two dental checkups a year are enough for many people, but not all. You should see a dentist more often if you:

  • Are expecting a baby
  • Smoke
  • Have a compromised immune system
  • Are susceptible to cavities
  • Have plaque buildup
  • Currently have gum disease

Doctors Brian Struby and Jamie Smith at South Meadows Dental & Orthodontics can help you develop a personalized schedule for regular checkups.

MYTH: Diet soda won’t harm my teeth.
TRUTH: While sugary drinks are bad for your teeth, sugar-free soda isn’t any better. Diet soda is very acidic and can damage the enamel of your teeth. That makes them more prone to cavities and decay.

MYTH: I don’t eat much sugar, so I don’t have to worry about tooth decay.
TRUTH: While sugar can lead to tooth decay, the main culprit is carbohydrates.

When you eat carbs, the acid from the bacteria that occurs naturally in your mouth combines with saliva to create plaque buildup on your teeth.

MYTH: I’m expecting a baby and shouldn’t have dental work done now.
TRUTH: The hormonal changes in your body during pregnancy can increase the risk of cavities, gum disease and infections. Be sure to tell us if you’re pregnant. And keep up with your schedule of regular dental checkups.

MYTH: Smoking will discolor my teeth, but it won’t cause dental problems.
TRUTH: Smokers are at greater risk of oral cancer. Additionally, smoking can cause more cavities and gum disease.

MYTH: My parents both needed dentures when they were in their 50s. So I probably will, too.
TRUTH: It’s true that you may inherit a predisposition to gum disease and tooth decay from your parents. But that doesn’t mean you’ll lose your teeth.

With regular dental care, a healthy diet and excellent oral hygiene, your teeth could last for life.

Ask us about dental sealants, too. While they’re most often used for children, they can also help cavity-prone adults.

MYTH: Whitening will damage my teeth
TRUTH: Done incorrectly or with the wrong product, yes, whitening can damage the enamel of your teeth. For the best and safest results, whitening should be done by a dentist.

At South Meadows Dental & Orthodontics, we use both the Opalescence and Opalescence Boost whitening systems. Ask us how they work and whether you’re a good candidate for whitening. If you’re not, there are other ways we can help you create a beautiful smile.

MYTH: I hate my crooked teeth, but braces are just for kids.
TRUTH: You’re never too old for braces! Straight teeth do more than enhance your smile. They’re easier to keep clean, reducing your risk of cavities, gum disease, and bone loss.

Our orthodontist, Dr. Meagan Struby, is board certified in orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics. She uses both the Damon and Invisalign systems.

Talk with her about your options for finally having correctly aligned teeth.

To learn more about busting oral health myths, contact us. We’re always here to help.

How to Choose the Best Family Dentist

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When you are on the search for a new dentist, you want to find someone who isn’t just there to clean your teeth. You want someone that will form a connection with you and your family. Dental health is a big part of your overall health, so everyone should find the best dentist for their needs. You will want to find someone who is always on your side and will take care of your needs.

You’ll feel much more comfortable when you know and trust your dentist practice. It will make it easier to drop in for just a cleaning or even for a dental emergency. Here are a few tips to follow when you are trying to find the best fit for your dental needs.

Start Researching Your Options

Since regular offices visits are the key to an amazing smile and healthy gums, consider the smaller details when choosing a dentist. For example:

  • Is the office close to work or home?
  • Are their hours convenient?
  • Is the dentist in your insurance network?
  • Will you need a translator to talk to the dentist?
  • Is he or she a member of the American Dental Association?

Launching Your Search

You have likely noticed the many advertisements for dentists, both online and off. Many still advertise through newspaper ads and through flyers in the mail, while others incorporate social media into their advertising campaigns. You may even find reviews online concerning local dentists, but it is important to remember that every person has different experiences.

You can start looking for your own dentist at these places:

  • Find-A-Dentist- this is a tool offered by the ADA that will allow you to search by name, specialty, and location.
  • A local dental society- They will provide you with local names of nearby offices.
  • Friends, relatives, or coworkers- Ask for personal preferences from all three.

After you have chosen a couple of potential candidates, check their social media pages and their website to find out more about them. If you do not have dental benefits or can’t afford dental services, check out local dental schools or your health department to find affordable care.

Meet the Candidates

You should not be shy or concerned about meeting the dentists you are considering before deciding on one. Write up a list of any questions and concerns you have and bring them with you. You can also bring your dental records so that the dentist has them in hand to check out your history. You will then find out first-hand if the office is up to your standards. For example, is it clean? Do you feel welcome? Is the staff friendly and knowledgeable? These are important factors to consider when making your choice.

  • You should always ask questions while you are meeting potential dentists. For example:
  • Will he or she explain the procedures they are doing before they perform them?
  • Will the office explain how you can prevent future dental health issues?
  • How are emergencies handled after hours?
  • Does the office take your insurance?
  • Are there financial options available if you do not have adequate dental insurance?

Pick Your Dentist

Choose a reliable dentist that will be a huge part of your overall care team. You want to find someone that you can trust with your dental issues and who makes you feel safe and comfortable in their hands.

South Meadows Dental & Orthodontics

At South Meadows Dental & Orthodontics, we encourage our patients to share their past experiences and present concerns, especially anxiety issues. We want to make your experience as pleasant and relaxing as possible. Call us today to discuss your needs and goals, or fill out our online form!