Waterford, MI Dentist
Lloyd H. Alpert, D.D.S.
4025 Highland Road
Waterford, MI 48328
(248) 682-6010
By contactus
August 01, 2012
Category: Dental News
Tags: Dental Myths  
Myth: I can’t see any problems with my teeth, so I don't need to go to the dentist.
 
Fact: There are dental problems that aren’t visible to the naked eye – gum disease, hairline fractures and root canal disease are just a few. Dentists use sophisticated technologies – like digital X-rays – to detect problems both on and beneath the surface of your teeth. Plus, it’s a mistake to think of dental visits as emergency care; they’re just as much about preventive care.
 
Myth: I don’t need to worry about my teeth because my parents never had problems.
 
Fact: Though genetics may play a small role in predicting your oral health, how well you take care of your teeth will be the single most important determinant in how healthy they are.
 
Myth: Chewing sugar-free gum after a meal is just as effective as brushing.
 
Fact: It’s true that chewing sugar-free gum after meals can help clean your teeth, stimulate saliva flow and freshen your breath after meals. But it’s no replacement for a thorough brushing and flossing, which actually removes dental plaque and food debris.
 
Myth: I shouldn't brush my teeth if my gums are bleeding.
 
Fact: Bleeding gums can be a sign that you’re brushing too vigorously or gum disease. Keep brushing, but make some adjustments. Use a toothbrush with medium-soft bristles and brush in a circular motion. If the bleeding continues after a few days, see your dentist.
 
Myth: If I have a toothache, placing an aspirin tablet next to the tooth will relieve pain.
 
Fact: Putting an aspirin tablet in direct contact with the soft tissues of your mouth will not help relieve a toothache. In fact, this can lead to painful chemical burns. Don't do it! See your dentist for relief.
 
Myth: All dental procedures must be avoided during pregnancy.
 
Fact: Although certain procedures, such as X-rays or dental surgery, should be  

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