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The Happy Tooth
Busting Common Dental Myths
We Don’t Need Invisalign to Set the Record Straight
starts hurting, that’s when they’re already in stage 4, and it’s almost always too late. I’m not comparing gum disease to cancer by any means, but if you have gum disease, when it starts to hurt is usually when you have to lose your teeth. This is way more costly and time-consuming than addressing the problem before the pain starts. It’s better to tackle the infection as soon as possible. It’s important to remember that different people have different levels of pain tolerance. For some of my patients, a little bit of cold sensitivity causes them extreme pain. I also have patients who have had a huge infection in their mouth, and they didn’t feel any pain at all. For this reason, while pain can let you know when something is wrong, it’s not always a good indicator of how serious a problem is. Myth No. 3: Pregnant patients don’t need to go see a dentist. After discovering they’re pregnant, most moms-to-be will schedule a lot of OB/ GYN appointments. These appointments are important to making sure mom and baby are healthy throughout the pregnancy. However, your OB/GYN isn’t the only doctor you should be seeing. The mouth is a gateway to the rest of your body, so it’s important that those who are pregnant see the dentist even more than they usually would. For some patients, the six-month checkup isn’t enough. Any bacteria in your mouth has direct access to your internal organs and your developing baby. It’s recommended that pregnant patients get a checkup shortly after they learn they are pregnant to check for gum disease and make follow-up appointments every three months throughout the pregnancy to stay on top of their health. There are so many hormones and changes going on inside a woman’s body. Some pregnant patients experience pain in their gums or bleeding when they brush. I certainly did when I was pregnant with my son! Regular appointments can help you determine what’s normal and what is a potential problem that needs to be addressed right away.
Dr. Janice here. With school back in session, I have been thinking a lot about education. As a dentist, a big part of my job is educating patients about their oral health. Sometimes this means busting dental myths. This month, I wanted to debunk some popular myths about your teeth. Myth No. 1: Plastic surgery is the best way to keep your face youthful. This is a myth that makes me so mad. There are so many people over the age of 40 who have been told the only way to rejuvenate their face is by paying for expensive plastic surgery. This just isn’t true. In fact, the best way to keep your face youthful is by seeing your dentist regularly. Your jawbone is the foundation of your face, and your teeth are an integral part of your jaw. If you see someone whose face has started to cave in, that usually means their jawbone has deteriorated. This happens when someone loses their teeth. The jawbone will begin to melt away without that support. No amount of makeup or plastic surgeries can cover up a weak jawbone. It doesn’t take much to protect your jawbone; just take care of your teeth. Brushing and flossing every day as well going to regular check-ups with your dentist are key to healthy teeth that last a lifetime. If you have already lost some teeth, you can protect your jawbone with dental implants. Taking care of your teeth is the best way to reverse the signs of aging. Myth No. 2: If it doesn’t hurt, don’t fix it. This is something I have heard from a lot of my patients. I can see why this would make sense to some people. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it, right? But when it comes to your health, especially your dental health, pain is the last sign of a major problem. When it starts to hurt, it’s too late to do anything to stop the problem.
I hope I’ve helped set the record straight on these dental myths so you can make smart decisions about your teeth!
We see this in cases of lung cancer. If doctors catch the problem early, the patient has a fighting chance. But if they don’t know about the problem until it
–Dr. Janice Doan
September 2019 Edition
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