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Separating Fact From Fiction At The Dentist’s Office

  • September 5, 2016
Dental Cleanings & Exam 1 | Legacy Smiles - Billings, MT

Hello and welcome to another edition of the Legacy Smiles blog!

Have you ever noticed how some things that just aren’t true tend to become accepted as fact the more they are repeated? This is especially true in the age of the Internet! And it happens even with dentistry-related “information.”

So, today, we wanted to separate some fact from fiction. Keep reading and then be sure to get in touch with our Billings, MT team to schedule your next preventive dentistry appointment with Dr. Stuart!

Fiction: You Should Brush Your Teeth Soon After Eating

In truth, you should not ever brush your teeth right after you eat! If you brush your teeth within 30 minutes of eating you could actually be doing significant damage because your enamel is softened by sugars, acids, etc. Be mindful of the time, but don’t use it as an excuse to get out of brushing altogether!

Fact: Bleeding When Brushing Is Not Normal

Many patients inquire about bleeding that happens while brushing. They often assume that it’s due to brushing too hard. That is just not the reality. If your gums are bleeding it’s almost definitely a sign of early forms of gum disease (gingivitis). This can cause you a lot of grief later if you let it get away from you.

Fiction: Gum Disease Only Affects Old People

Gum disease is a very real possibility for people of all ages. As you age your chances increase, and over the course of your life you have around a 60 percent likelihood of ending up with some form of gum disease. But even while you are young, you need to be diligent about caring for your teeth and gums.

Fact: Discolored Teeth Are Not A Sign Of Bad Health

Yellow teeth will leave you feeling blue. But don’t think that just because your teeth are discolored that you’re unhealthy.

A teeth whitening procedure from Dr. Stuart can boost the appearance your smile, but it’s not going to do anything for your overall oral health. The bottom line is that there’s no reason to be worried about your oral health if your teeth are stained.

Fiction: You Should Only See The Dentist When Something Is Wrong

Want to save yourself some pain and expense down the road? The best way to avoid a serious oral health problem is to be seen twice a year for an exam and cleaning, even when there is nothing to suggest that you have any cause for concern.

These visits are how we detect problems early and treat them before your health is at risk.

If you use tobacco, have diabetes, or are more prone to cavities, you might need to visit Legacy Smiles once every three months, just to keep an eye on things.

Learn More, Get Started!

When you entrust your smile to our care, you can count on getting useful (and factual) information designed to keep your oral health on track all through life.

Contact us today to learn more and get started, by scheduling your consultation with Dr. Stuart. Are Billings, MT team is ready to get you smiling big again!


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