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Common Dental Myths That Could Save Your Life, Part 3

  • March 12, 2015

Thanks for joining us again to learn more about common dental myths! We want to finish our 3-part series with 4 final myths. The truth behind some of these could save your smile . . . or even your life!

Read on!

My teeth are stained from tobacco or medication, and there’s nothing I can do about it.

This might be true if you’ve tried store-bought whitening treatments or even treatments you’ve done at other dentists’ offices, but it’s not true here!

Dr. Hunter has a powerful whitening treatment called KöR Whitening Deep Bleaching™ System that can brighten even the toughest stains! It’s a custom-made tray that you’ll take home and wear for a few hours every day or night, and you’ll be amazed to see that in just a few days, your teeth will be shades whiter!

Read more about this and other whitening solutions in our recent blog.

If I have bad breath, it just means I need to brush my teeth or chew a mint after I eat garlic, onions, fish, cheese, or alcohol.

Although it’s possible that your bad breath is from foods like the ones mentioned above, that’s not always the case. Your bad breath could be a sign of something worse.

If you have chronic bad breath, it might be an early warning sign of gum disease, especially if you have no other contributing factors like bad hygiene. Come in and see us to let us help you determine if your bad breath is not just a simple problem that a stick of gum can solve.

If I have a problem in my mouth, it won’t affect the rest of my body.

This is a dangerous myth to believe! If you haven’t heard the recent research about the link between gum disease and other serious health diseases in your body, then you need to know that your diseased gums could be putting your health at risk!

Some of the diseases and conditions associated with oral disease are heart attacks, endocarditis, stroke, clogged arteries, diabetes, kidney disease, osteoporosis, Alzheimer’s disease, certain types of cancers, HIV/AIDS, and certain respiratory problems. Talk to us about what you might be at risk for if you have oral disease.

If you have problems in your mouth, you also already know that they can negatively affect your emotional and psychological health. Not having your teeth, or having teeth that are damaged, is embarrassing and stressful, and it significantly lowers your confidence. Plus studies show that people who don’t have their teeth have lower life expectancies.

If this is you, talk to us about smile solutions so that you can dramatically improve your smile AND your life!

If I’m scared of the dentist, I just shouldn’t go.

Unfortunately, this is what a large percentage of people think, and so they suffer when they could have an easy, pain-free solution, or they just don’t go at all and let their problems get worse.

We already talked about pain-free solutions here at Holly Dental Care in our myth blog series. But we also offer sedation that can relax you and calm your nerves so that you don’t have to be anxious about coming to see us.

Dr. Randy Hunter is certified to treat patients with sedation, so you can trust that your procedure will be done carefully and anxiety free!

Unlike many clinics, we offer three types of sedation: oral, nitrous oxide, and IV. For oral sedation, we can just give you a pill to take before your visit with instructions, so that you’re relaxed before you even get here! It lasts longer, too, which is great for longer procedures.

With nitrous oxide (also referred to as laughing gas), we’ll place a mask on you that will give you an almost immediate “happy drunk” feeling! It wears off quickly after the procedure. And with IV sedation, we’ll use an IV to provide a deeper sedative effect. We’re one of the only dental clinics in the country that is licensed for this type of sedation, too.

Let Holly Dental Care Bust These Myths So That You Can Get the Best Dental Care!

We hope you’ve learned a lot from these common dental myths and will put the information to good use to help keep your body and your mouth healthy!

Here at Holly Dental Care, we like to educate our patients and explain everything to you during your visit with us. This allows you to know exactly what’s going on and can help you make the dental decision that’s right for you.

We won’t judge you about anything you ask, nor will we judge you about the condition of your mouth, which might match some of what we’ve talked about in our blog post series.

If you have any questions about these myths, or if you are concerned about your oral health or the oral health of a loved one based off of the information you’ve discovered, contact us today on the phone or with our convenient online appointment form!

We look forward to treating you with respect during your personalized, comfortable visit with us!

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