5 Dental Myths That Are Dangerous to Your Health
Your friendly Clearwater, FL dental is here to help you keep your teeth forever and keep you healthy. A healthy mouth means a healthier life. At Clearwater Dental Associates, we are dedicated to providing you with the right tools so you can make an informed decision about your mouth.
We have services here for the entire family and the patients who are struggling with a variety of dental issues. You can schedule an appointment with us today by calling our office today at 727-800-3489, or us the online form to schedule an appointment. Today we have a special message for you about avoiding dental myths. Following bad advice can put you at risk of developing serious dental problems.
So here are five, unfortunate popular dental myths you need to avoid at all costs.
Myth #1. My teeth don’t hurt, so I’m free of cavities
It’s true that your teeth shouldn’t hurt. It’s also true that it’s not normal for your gums to hurt. But you should never wait until you’re in pain before you resolve your dental issues. Your teeth and gums are complexed, and everyone’s pain levels are different. We have seen patients with a great deal of tooth sensitivity but are free of decay. Then you have patients who are in no pain and have substantial dental problems, like root problems or advanced gum disease. The best way to determine if you’re free of dental problems is to visit a dentist once every six months for cleanings and exams.
Myth #2. Bleeding or tender gums are no big deal
Bleeding or swollen gums are a big deal. When the gums bleed, there is more than likely an infection that is present. So bleeding gums are the first sign of gum disease, a serious problem that is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults. Gum disease is a problem that can quickly take over your mouth. The first stages of gum disease are reversible, but the later stages of gum disease — periodontitis — will need treatment for the rest of your life.
Myth #3. Snoring is no big deal
We all know someone who snores. Loud or constant snoring can be taken at face value — sometimes. You could have simple snoring, or that snoring could be a sign of a bigger problem: sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is a problem that affects millions of people in America. Obstructive sleep apnea is the most common form of sleep apnea. It occurs when soft tissue obstructs the airway. People with sleep apnea will experience pauses in breathing while they sleep. In some serious cases, people with sleep apnea will stop breathing or gasps for air a hundred times in an hour. At Clearwater Dental Associates, we offer state-of-the-art sleep apnea treatment.
Myth #4. Dentures are the only tooth replacement option
Dentures are the most popular way to replace missing teeth. They have been used for years, but dentures are no long the only or eve best way to replace missing teeth. If you have total tooth loss, you might be a candidate for dental implants. Dental implants are used to secure your new teeth in place. Dental implants are often used to secure dentures so you can have more food options and not worry about the dentures sliding around in the mouth. We have seen dental implants give patients more confidence and actually improve their health — because they can eat better foods.
Myth #5. Orthodontics are only for children
Everyone deserves straight teeth. There is a misconception that braces are only for people with children. While it’s best to correct straight teeth early on in life, there are also orthodontic options for adults. Invisalign is a clear orthodontic system that uses clear aligners to gradually move teeth into a better position. This system is not ideal for adults who have mildly crooked teeth. The best part is that these aligners are virtually invisible.
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Clearwater Dental Associates is a one-stop shop for all of your dental needs. We can treat patients of all ages. You can become a patient of ours with one simple call: 727-800-3489. Or use the online form to schedule an appointment.