Break Free from Bad Advice!

MYTH: Once a decayed tooth is treated, I won’t have to worry about it again.

BUSTED: While restorative materials like fillings and crowns will closely resemble your natural tooth, they won’t match your tooth’s original strength. Your restoration will probably need to be replaced, usually around the 10-year mark. Your hygiene habits will also determine how long the restoration lasts. Decay can still occur around the restoration, so flossing and interdental brushing are essential. Exams once per year will allow us to monitor the treated tooth for signs of wear.

MYTH: Dental treatments are always painful.

BUSTED: Dental instruments and anesthesia practices have come a long way. The days of yore, when procedures were performed with little more than a glass of whiskey, are (thankfully!) over. Most procedures are performed under local anesthesia, which numbs the gums and blocks pain receptors. At our office, we also offer oral conscious sedation and nitrous oxide sedation to further enhance your level of comfort.

MYTH: Once my teeth have been whitened, I’ll never have to do it again.

BUSTED: While professional teeth whitening can last long-term, the stability of your tooth color will depend on several factors. The foods you eat, the drinks you drink, how well you clean your teeth, and tobacco use will all play a role. Teeth are porous, and they absorb stains over time. While it took a lifetime to build up the stains you had on your teeth before you whitened them, your teeth can still darken over time. Usually, a brief touch-up is all it takes to remove stains that have accumulated post-whitening.

MYTH: Teeth Whitening will lighten the color of all my teeth, fillings, veneers, crowns and bridges.

BUSTED: Only natural teeth will whiten. Crowns, bridges, and veneers are made from high-quality porcelains and their color cannot be changed without replacing the restoration. Be careful with whitening if you have dental restorations, as you could end up with multi-colored teeth. We recommend whitening your teeth prior to receiving dental restorations, so we can match your crown, bridge, or veneer to your newly brightened smile.

MYTH: If a tooth does not hurt, leave it alone.

BUSTED: Many dental issues show no early warning signs. Most notably, gum disease. Symptoms are very mild and the disease can quickly progress to result in tooth loss. Our philosophy is for early detection and proactive prevention. We believe teeth should last a lifetime, and with advanced diagnostic equipment and over 45 years of expertise, we can detect problems in their earliest stages and help you avoid tooth destruction.

MYTH: Jaw pain or clicking is normal and will go away on its own.

BUSTED: Jaw clicking, facial pain, and headaches may be a symptom of problems with the jaw joints (TMJ disorder). These joints have disks that can slip. Without treatment, TMJ problems will likely worsen, leading to migraines and tooth wear. Teeth needing root canal treatment can also cause pain in the jaw joint. Correct and swift diagnosis is important and many times, conservative treatments will relieve your pain entirely.

MYTH: Pregnant women should avoid dental treatment.

BUSTED: This myth is absolutely false. In fact, because hormone levels increase during pregnancy, women are at a higher risk of many dental issues, including gum disease. Routine dental treatment can and should be maintained, even during late pregnancy. For major medical procedures, however, we will consult with your general physician. Dental X-rays will not be taken during the first three months of pregnancy.

MYTH: If gums bleed, it’s best not to brush the teeth.

BUSTED: Bleeding gums are usually a sign of inflammation. It means the gums are unhealthy as the result of plaque and food particles accumulating around the teeth. Until the debris is removed, the gums will continue to bleed. You should see a dentist right away for treatment, as gum disease is a serious condition that cannot be reversed in its later stages. To prevent bleeding gums, use a soft toothbrush, gentle techniques, and floss once per day. Removing the plaque will help the gums recover and bleeding will decrease over time.

MYTH: Periodontal disease doesn't affect the rest of my body.

BUSTED: Unfortunately, nearly 80% of Americans have gum disease. The gums become inflamed, reddened, and begin to recede. Because the mouth serves as a portal to the rest of the body, gum disease can have a negative impact on your whole-body health. Studies show that patients with gum disease are twice as likely to develop heart disease or type II diabetes. Stroke, osteoporosis, dementia, and pregnancy complications have also been linked to gum disease. The best way to avoid gum disease is to floss and visit the dentist regularly. Once it sets in, we can help you control it with gentle cleanings and periodontal therapy.

MYTH: I get plenty of fluoride from the water I drink.

BUSTED: While some tap water contains fluoride, most bottled water doesn’t. Many Americans drink bottled or filtered water, meaning they don’t get enough fluoride to prevent tooth decay. If you’re concerned about a lack of fluoride in your water, check the label or contact your local water department. Professional fluoride varnishes, performed at your checkup or cleaning, and fluoride mouth rinse can supplement a lack of fluoride in your drinking water.

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Your smile is your signature for a successful and happy lifestyle. Call Powell Dental Care today to reserve your time with Dr. Bill Waddell or Dr. Jennifer Miller. Our dental office serves Powell, Dublin, Worthington, Lewis Center, Delaware, and the surrounding areas. We look forward to exceeding your expectations.