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Common Dental Myths That Could Save Your Life, Part 2

  • March 9, 2015

Last time, we talked about several common dental myths and revealed the truth behind them. Read about those myths here.

We’re glad you’ve joined us again for the next part in our blog series. Let’s pick up where we left off and expose the truth behind more dangerous dental myths!

Because I wear dentures, I’ll always have problems with them moving around and not being able to eat what I want.

There are many people out there who really believe there is no alternative to their dentures. These problems with your dentures can really affect the quality of your life—your self-esteem, the way you act around people, the anxiety you have when you eat with others, or even being able to laugh or talk!

We can offer a solution for you with mini implants. Our mini implants can restore your normal eating, chewing, swallowing, and talking functions, just like your natural teeth! Our mini implants are gently placed under your gums, and then your dentures are snapped on top of them with connectors to keep them in place for good!

Unlike removable dentures, dentures secured by mini implants will not move around. This means you can stop worrying about eating, talking, and laughing and live normally again!

We’ve had special training in implant placement, so you can trust your Holly dentists to do an excellent, professional job in restoring your smile permanently! Dr. Hunter can place these mini implants even if your bone isn’t as dense as it needs to be for regular-sized implants. Plus, we often do this procedure in ONE visit!

If you have dentures, don’t fall for the myth that there’s no solution for you—call us today to help!

My infant doesn’t need to worry about going to the dentist until he or she is older.

Here’s a question we’ll ask you to help dispel this myth: Did you know that even babies can get cavities? Sometimes referred to as baby bottle tooth decay, babies’ cavities can be caused by formula milk, sugary water, juice (especially with added sugar), regular milk, or even breast milk sitting on their teeth for too long.

If you have a baby, you can clean his or her teeth (or tooth) off with a damp washcloth to help remove plaque. You should also start bringing them in for visits as soon as their teeth start coming in. We can share with you important ways to prevent cavities in your baby’s tiny teeth!

Bringing your very young children in can also help ease their fears of the dentist as they grow older, and it encourages better oral habits at an early age.

If I have fluoride in my water, I don’t have to worry about it being in my toothpaste, too.

We agree with the American Dental Association: you should brush your teeth at least twice a day with a fluoride-containing toothpaste.

Fluoride has been shown as an effective and safe way to prevent cavities; it actually helps reduce the acid in your mouth that eats away at your teeth and causes the decay. So there’s no reason to stop using it even if you think your water will give you enough protection.

When your children come in to see us, we can determine whether fluoride treatments in our office or even a fluoride mouthwash used at home can help further prevent cavities, too.

If I avoid sugar, I won’t get cavities.

It’s true that sugar contributes to cavities. Some of the bacteria in your mouth uses the sugar to produce acid, and as we just said, acid can eat away at your enamel, which is how you get cavities. Carbonated sodas are especially bad because of the acid added to them.

But did you know that other foods that are high in carbohydrates, like potato chips, pretzels, and muffins, for example, can also contribute to cavities? A lot of other foods can do the same simply by sitting in between your teeth for too long and leading to decay.

It’s a good idea to cut back on acid-producing sugary foods, and also to maintain your healthy hygiene routine, which includes at-home care and the professional care we provide here at Holly Dental Care during your checkups.

Going to the dentist is inconvenient because I have to take off work or miss school.

A lot of dental offices have hours that conflict exactly with the time you’re in school or at work. How does this help you if you need to schedule an appointment? It can be difficult to take off of school or work, and it might even cost you money to skip out for a couple hours.

Holly Dental Care understands that this is a concern for a lot of our patients, and it’s why we offer convenient hours for you. On Mondays and Wednesdays, we open at 8, so there might be just enough time for you to come in before work or school. And even better, on Tuesdays through Thursdays, we’re open until 8 PM! We even have Saturday hours!

We make it easy for you to go to the dentist without interfering with your life! Contact us today to set up an appointment that’s convenient for you!

And don’t forget to join us for the last blog in our dental myth series next time!


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