September 20, 2016
Hello and welcome back to the blog!
Here at the Synergy Dental Center, our mission is simple: to help the good people of Gillette, Wyoming keep their mouths clean and their smiles looking great all through life.
Part of what we do includes community education. Hence this platform.
You may have noticed the way that some things that just aren’t true tend to become accepted as fact the more they get passed around online. This is especially true when it comes to health matters.
Well, today, we wanted to separate some dentistry facts from fiction.
Read on and then be sure to get in touch with our team to schedule your next preventive dentistry appointment with Dr. Porter!
Fiction: After Eating, You Should Brush ASAP
Actually, if you brush your teeth within 30 minutes of eating you could actually be doing significant damage because your enamel is softened by sugars, acids, etc. Pay attention to the time, but don’t use it as an excuse to get out of brushing altogether!
Fact: Bleeding When Brushing Is Bad
Contrary to what you might have heard, bleeding while brushing is never due to brushing too hard. If your gums are bleeding it’s almost definitely a sign of early forms of gum disease (gingivitis). This can cause you a lot of grief later if you let it get away from you. Gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss and has been linked to other health issues including cancer.
Fiction: Young People Don’t Get Gum Disease
Gum disease is a very real possibility for people of all ages. As you age your chances increase, and over the course of your life you have around a 60 percent likelihood of ending up with some form of gum disease. But even while you are young, you need to be diligent about caring for your teeth and gums. Plan on visiting Dr. Porter often enough to stay on the good road.
Fact: Stained Teeth Are Not A Sign Of Bad Health
Yellow teeth look bad and can embarrass you in social settings. But don’t think that just because your teeth are discolored that you’re unhealthy.
A teeth whitening procedure from Dr. Porter can boost the appearance your smile, but it’s not going to do anything for your overall oral health. The bottom line is that there’s no reason to be worried about your oral health if your teeth are stained. But it doesn’t hurt to make an appointment whenever you have questions or concerns.
Fiction: Everything Will Be OK, Even If I Don’t Keep My Appointments
We know that you are busy. You may even be a little anxious. But you aren’t doing yourself any favors by avoiding us. In fact, the best way to avoid a serious oral health problem is to be seen twice a year for an exam and cleaning, even when there is nothing to suggest that you have any problems.
These preventive visits are how we detect problems early and treat them before your health is at risk. If you use tobacco, have diabetes, or are more prone to cavities, you might need to visit us once every three months, just to make sure nothing gets away from us.
The Truth Is That We Can Help!
Contact us today to learn more and get started, by scheduling your consultation at the Synergy Dental Center of Gillette, Wyoming.