An estimated 30 to 40 million Americans avoid the dentist because of some anxiety or fear. As with any anxiety-causing topic, the myths abound around tooth and dental care.
Understanding the truth behind those myths can make you feel more at ease with our dental health care and help take the stress out of visiting the dentist. Let's look at the some of the most pervasive myths and help you feel better by busting them!
Myth #1: White Teeth Are Healthy Teeth
This is a dangerous myth because it can lead people to believe that as long as they keep their teeth white then they don’t need other dental care. Although white teeth are often an indication of a healthy smile, tooth decay can lurk behind that pearly white smile.
Along with keeping your smile white, you need a good daily dental hygiene routine, a healthy diet, and regularly scheduled dental checkups.
Myth #2: Gum Disease Isn’t Common
According to recent statistics released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, around half of adults over the age of 30 have some form of gum disease. Gum disease ranges from mild to severe, but when you keep up with your dental care, your dentist can catch the development of gum disease early and prevent larger health issues later.
Myth #3: Only Sugar Causes Cavities
Cutting back on sugar is good for your teeth and your overall health, but sugary foods aren’t the only cavity-causing factor that you need to be aware of. Tooth decay starts with the bacteria in your mouth producing an acid the eats away at your teeth. Sugar feeds this process, but any carbohydrate that includes a form of sugar can contribute to tooth decay. It’s important to rinse or brush after meals to keep your teeth healthy.
Myth #4: Going to the Dentist Is Painful
This myth likely started long before the advancement of modern dental technologies made your dental more precise and more relaxing. For patients who suffer from dental anxiety, we offer sedation dentistry to take the stress out of your dental treatment.
Do you have more questions about your dental health? Dr. Scott Greenhalgh and our dedicated staff can address your concerns and take the anxiety out of your dental care. Call our office today at 303-988-9060 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Greenhalgh. We welcome patients throughout the Lakewood and Denver, Colorado areas.