General Dentist and Cosmetic Dental Services in Edmonton, Alberta
Posted: May 3, 2010
Throughout the years, dentistry has grown from an imperfect practice based on myths and dental folklore to a reliable science. While cosmetic dentistry has come a long way, many dental myths still exist today.
At Focus on Smiles of Edmonton, Alberta, we are devoted to your smile and providing you with accurate, reliable information so you can make the best possible decisions regarding your oral health.
The following are several common misconceptions, and the truths behind them:
- Myth: Brushing my teeth multiple times a day can harm my tooth enamel.
Truth: It is generally sufficient to brush your teeth twice a day. However, if you brush your teeth more than twice, use a soft or extra soft toothbrush, as using a hard toothbrush can be detrimental to your tooth enamel.
- Myth: Chewing with a sugarless gum that contains xylitol after a meal is a good substitute for brushing.
Truth: Not exactly. But if you cannot brush your teeth regularly, you can chew gum with xylitol to clean your teeth and freshen your breath. However, do not chew this gum for more than 10 minutes.
- Myth: If my tooth enamel is white, my tooth must be healthy.
Truth: This is not true. Your tooth may look white and healthy, but it can contain cavities and problems with your root that are undetectable by your naked eye.
- Myth: It is better for my oral health to treat a decaying tooth than remove it.
Truth: Before deciding whether to continue treatment or remove a painful tooth, you should seek the advice of a qualified dentist, like Edmonton cosmetic dentist Dr. Christine Fialka-Eshenko. Sometimes, a completely decayed tooth can be restored. Other times, even a healthy-looking tooth must be removed.
If you live in Edmonton, Alberta and would like to learn more about our dental procedures, please contact Dr. Fialka-Eshenko to arrange a consultation.