August 12, 2016
You can trust our Fairfax dental office to give you the facts about your oral health. Today we have the final part of our two-part series debunking dental myths. I’ve made my career helping others with quality restorative care and comfortable dentistry. A big part of my mission is to provide quality education for each of my patients. Bad information can lead to bad oral health.
So, today I have five more dental myths that you need to avoid at all costs. Earlier this week, I published a blog clearing up dental myths about root canals, teeth whitening, and gum disease. I hope you’ve had time to review the list. If not, don’t worry, you can find it here. Between that information and today’s blog, you’ll be armed with great information that will allow you to improve your oral health.
Here are five more dental myths you need avoid.
1. Dental implants and removable dentures are one in the same. MYTH. Some patients believe that replacement teeth are as good as the next, but that’s far from the case. The strongest form of replacement teeth is dental implants. These dental implants merge with the jawbone and can be restored with crowns, bridges, and dentures. Dental implants can match about 90 percent of the power of natural teeth, while removable dentures have only about 35 percent of the power of your natural teeth. The biting force is so drastically different because dental implants are secured in the jawbone, while dentures sit on top of the gums.
2. Medications cannot affect your oral health. MYTH. Most of our medications have a number of side effects. You can read the list of side effects on websites like Web MD. Drugs for hypertension, antidepressants, pain medication, or even antibiotics are all known to cause dry mouth. When you have dry mouth, you have a reduction in saliva production. Saliva is important to your oral health because it helps flush food debris from your mouth and and fight off harmful bacteria. With a lower production of saliva, you increase your risk of gum disease or tooth decay.
3. My tooth’s not sore, so it’s impossible I need a root canal. MYTH. Tooth decay and root infections can be extremely uncomfortable to patients. That much is true. But in no way do you have to be in pain to need a root canal. It’s possible to have an abscess or root infection and feel nothing. We use digital X-rays to pinpoint the infected area and have comfortable treatments to correct your problems. If you don’t experience dental pain and need a root canal, consider yourself one of the lucky ones! And then have your tooth repaired.
4. Sleep apnea cannot affect your overall health. MYTH. Sleep apnea is a serious medical problem that has been connected to serious medical illness like heart disease. Sleep apnea is a condition that occurs when you experience pauses in breathing. Reggie White, a former NFL great, died because of complications with sleep apnea. The disease can take your life. Additionally, there are reports of people with sleep apnea who have fallen asleep at the wheel. So, there is nothing innocent at sleep apnea.
5. My problems with tooth decay are genetic. MYTH. Genes certainly play a role in how your teeth form, but genes play a small role in the prevalence of tooth decay. The makeup of your teeth is extremely important, but don’t blame genetics for tooth decay. Tooth decay can be maintained with proper brushing and flossing.
I hope these final five dental myths have show you new ways to care for your teeth. Our office is always taking new patients. Call us today at 703-552-2530 to see how we can improve your oral health.