July 28, 2017
If there is one reason my dental team practices dentistry in Gillette, Wyoming, it’s to help people overcome their dental problems. That means giving every patient access to quality dental care and the best information possible. Information is often our biggest asset here. We love educating patients about their teeth during their visits.
With the age of the internet, people have access to more information than ever before. But not all of that information is quality. Sometimes people follow terrible advice, which can have tremendous repercussions, especially in the medical field. Today I have a myths that patients often ask me about. I want to clear up these facts so you don’t have to find out the truth the hard way.
Of course, the best way to ensure your teeth and gums are healthy is by visiting the professionals at Synergy Dental Center. But here are a few myths that may be hurting your dental health.
Bleeding gums are nothing serious. FALSE
I’m starting with this because it’s one of the most common misconceptions I’ve heard in my years of practicing. The truth is that bleeding gums are a problem and the first sign of gum disease, which is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults. Gum disease typically starts with bleeding or swollen gums. The first few phases of gum disease can be managed, but a severe gum infection can spread through the mouth and erode the bone. When the infection reaches the bone, it’s possible for the tooth to become loose.
Root canals are dangerous. FALSE
People often need root canals when decay has reached the dental pulp or if there is an abscess at the root of the tooth. We do the root canal because the procedure saves the tooth from extraction. Leaving an infected tooth is never a good decision, as the infection can spread to healthy teeth. Some people believe that root canals are dangerous because of a 100-year theory from a dentist who said the root canal filling material was bad for your body. No studies have ever proved this to be correct, but this still pops up occasionally.
Snoring isn’t serious. FALSE
We all know someone, or multiple people who snore. Our culture loves to poke fun at snoring, but the truth is that snoring is a symptom of a serious dental and overall health problem: sleep apnea. There are two types of sleep apnea, obstructive sleep apnea and central sleep apnea. Obstructive sleep apnea is the most common form of sleep apnea. It affects millions of Americans and can increase your risk of stroke, heart attacks, or even obesity. Sleep apnea also increases daytime sleepiness, which is dangerous for those who drive professionally or have long work commutes. In the most severe cases, people have died from complications with sleep apnea.
At Synergy Dental Center, we have comfortable treatments for sleep apnea. Using a comfortable oral appliance, you can reduce your snoring or sleep apnea symptoms.
Sensitive teeth are no problem. FALSE
It’s surprising how many patients ignore tooth sensitivity. Your teeth should not hurt. Period. If you have hot or cold sensitivity, you might have a serious problem. People with large fillings, sometimes have cold sensitivity, but hot sensitivity is a symptom of a deeper problem. If you have sensitivity, don’t ignore it. Cavities will not go away on their own. You’ll need a quality dentist to restore your oral health.
Sugar causes cavities. False
Sugar doesn’t directly cause tooth decay. Dental decay is caused by acid-producing bacteria. Sugar plays a role. This bacteria lives off carbohydrates in your mouth. You can reduce the acid exposure on your teeth by not snacking on candies or foods high in carbohydrates.
Get Great Dental in Gillette, WY with Dr. Porter
A big part of our job here at Synergy Dental Center is listening to patients. Once we hear your concerns and dental goals, we can move forward with a great dental plan. I hope my short list debunking a few popular dental myths has been of help. I’d love to see you in the office. Call me today at 307-414-1879 to schedule your visit.