In addition to common questions that patients ask about dental implants, our team has also heard some strange treatment tips that are downright false. These “dental myths” are still out there, especially on the internet. With the popularity of DIY, it’s still important that you should consult a dental care provider about dental tips and tricks you’ve found online, to ensure that they’re safe and accurate.
“If my gums are bleeding, I shouldn’t brush them.”
On the contrary, bleeding gums still need to be cared for. The bleeding could be a sign of gum disease, and, in that case, the gums need to be kept clean. If your gums are also sensitive, brush gently and use a soft-bristle toothbrush. Afterwards, please give us a call and schedule a checkup with Dr. Ang to clean up your problem areas.
“If I lose a tooth, the site will heal itself.”
While it’s true that a gap in your smile will eventually heal over, it does not mean the jawbone underneath will heal. The jawbone is strengthened by the constant stimulation of chewing and biting. When a tooth goes missing, that part of the bone struggles to grow, and may deteriorate as a result. Therefore, it’s not true that the damaged area will simply “heal itself”, as it will never be the same without intervention. This is why we recommend dental implants to replace lost teeth, as these will rejuvenate the jawbone area.
“If I have a lot of plaque, I should brush harder or use a hard-bristle toothbrush.”
Not so! Oftentimes, an overrun of plaque could be a result of poor nutrition, neglecting your oral health, or an oral disease. They will need closer inspection in order to determine what kind of dental care intervention you need. However, you should avoid a hard-bristle toothbrush, as these can actually do more harm than good. A hard-bristle brush can wear away your enamel if you brush too hard, or can irritate the gums, causing them to recede. If you have a plaque problem, consult with Dr. Ang about possible treatments, instead of potentially harming yourself further.
“If my teeth are white, that means they are healthy.”
Teeth whitening is a popular treatment to help brighten your smile, but it actually does not get rid of diseases or oral afflictions. But through the media and advertising, we are shown that a white smile is synonymous with perfect health. We believe that teeth whitening can help boost your confidence in your smile, but it does not “cure” dental issues.
We can provide you with beautiful teeth whitening to perfect the appearance of your smile, but also recommend that you have routine checkups to ensure that your smile is in optimal health. Teeth whitening cannot prevent bleeding gums, receded gums, or cracks in your smile, but we have treatments that can fix those issues.
“My teenage child can have dental implants if they lost a tooth.”
This is not entirely true. Teens and children, who are generally still developing, may not have the correct support for dental implants. If they are still growing, inserting a dental implant could potentially damage that area of their jaw, stunting the growth. If your child has lost a permanent, adult tooth, speak with Dr. Ang about what options are available for you.
Contact Us With Your Dental Myth!
Have you heard a rumor that you’re unsure about? The best method to uncover the truth is to contact us and speak with Dr. Ang. You’ll get the answers you need, and learn more about how to best care for your smile here in Amherst.