dont believe these dental myths

Don’t Believe These Dental Myths

dont believe these dental mythsBloomsburg, Danville, and Lewisburg, PA

Since the dawning of the Internet, we have had immediate access to information at our fingertips. However, there certainly is a plethora of misinformation that you can find online. While misguided information has been around for ages, the Internet makes it easier to spread false information much faster than before, and it is more readily accessible.

Your Bloomsburg family dentists at Hamilton Dental Care want to set the record straight, not everything you read online about dental health and going to the dentist is true! We would like to bust these common dental myths once and for all.

Going to the dentist is painful

Many people associate pain with going to the dentist. This is probably because years ago we did not have as many advanced luxuries in dentistry that make receiving dental care simpler and less painful. There is also a chance that you may have visited an inexperienced dentist in the past, which undoubtedly may have caused you more pain than was necessary.

Be sure that you always choose an experienced and compassionate dentist such as the ones on staff at Hamilton Dental Care. Also note that the amount of discomfort you experience after a procedure is dependent on the extent of your dental repairs, as well as your commitment to adhering to post-op care instructions provided by your dentist.

Going to the dentist is too expensive

While we would agree that cosmetic and restorative dentistry could be costly, especially for patients who do not have any dental insurance, the truth is that neglect is what really costs you more money in the long run. You see, dental cleanings, exams, and routine X-rays are necessary for a reason. It allows your dentist the opportunity to identify oral problems in the early stages. This means a small cavity could be filled with a simple filling, instead of waiting until decay has infected your tooth’s nerve, which may lead to a root canal, or even tooth extraction that requires replacement with a dental bridge or implant. So naturally, prevention efforts are far cheaper in the long run compared to extensive dental treatments or tooth replacement.

This also means that taking good care of your teeth by brushing twice a day and flossing daily helps lower your risk of cavities, gum disease, and tooth loss. If you completely ignore taking care of your teeth, you probably will run into an expensive dental bill at some point.

Scrubbing your teeth will get them cleaner

We can appreciate those of you who are passionate about their oral hygiene efforts. However, it’s consistency and thoroughness, not elbow grease that really counts when it comes to brushing your teeth properly.

Brushing too hard can actually harm your oral health by causing gum recession and eroding dental enamel, both of which may lead to an increased risk of tooth sensitivity, staining, cavities, and gum disease. Instead, use a soft-bristled toothbrush, and brush gently using small circular motions over each tooth and making sure also to brush over the edge of your gum line.

Dentist in Bloomsburg

Hopefully, we have set the record straight on a few common myths about dental care and going to the dentist. If you would like to learn more about oral health or to schedule a consultation, please call Hamilton Dental Care at (570) 387-0533.

Hamilton Dental Care is proud to provide oral health care to patients in the areas of Bloomsburg, Danville, and Lewisburg, PA.