Common Dental Myths

Brush and floss every day, limit your sugar intake, and see the dentist a couple times a year. Most people probably think that that’s all they need to know about their oral health. However, there are several misconceptions that are popularly held. Educating yourself, along with visiting your dentist at Dental Arts St. Pete Beach in Florida, will help to keep your mouth as healthy as possible.

You only need to go to the dentist if your teeth hurt.

You’ve probably heard that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. This is especially true in dentistry, when diseases do not present symptoms until they have reached a more advanced stage. This means that you may be suffering from a dental illness such as gum disease without knowing it. Visiting the dentist twice a year for a cleaning and exam helps to catch these problems in their early stages when they are both easier and more affordable to treat.

Flossing can create spaces between your teeth.

Flossing does not move anything except the debris that has collected in between the teeth; it doesn’t shift the teeth or gums. You may experience a small amount of bleeding when you first start flossing, but after a few weeks of steady flossing, this should decrease and you can enjoy the benefits of flossing – to remove harmful plaque and bacteria from between the teeth.

It’s only a baby tooth, so it doesn’t matter much.

Baby teeth are actually very important. They “save” the space where a permanent tooth is meant to erupt. Cavities in baby teeth (if left untreated) can potentially lead to tooth loss, which can affect the health of the permanent teeth. If a baby tooth is lost too soon, an artificial space maintainer will probably have to be put in place. Additionally, training kids to take good care of their baby teeth will help ensure that they will take care of adult teeth.

It doesn’t matter what time of day I brush.

Though it’s most important to brush twice a day, the time of day does also matter, namely brushing at night. Because our salivary glands produce less saliva at night, skipping the nighttime brushing allows bacteria in the built-up debris to attack the teeth, potentially causing cavities and even gum disease. Brushing at night cleans the teeth of all the food and debris that has built up throughout the day.

Diet sodas are ok to drink because they don’t have sugar in them.

It’s true that sugar is a big culprit in causing cavities, but that doesn’t make diet sodas ok to drink all the time. They are still highly acidic and can cause erosion in teeth enamel. Other acidic beverages that can cause damage to the teeth include orange juice and other citrus juices. It’s best to stick to drinks such as water, vegetable juice, and milk.

Oral health is not connected to the rest of the body.

Research has found that oral health is connected to systemic (overall) health. For example, severe tooth decay and periodontal disease can allow bacteria to enter into the bloodstream and cause problems in other areas of the body. Correlations have also been found between periodontal disease and heart disease, diabetes, cancer, and other ailments.

My teeth are unhealthy because I’m aging.

Age does not automatically determine deteriorating oral health. Taking care of your teeth throughout childhood and adulthood can help you enjoy healthy teeth and gums well into your senior years. On the other hand, being young doesn’t ensure good oral health. What matters is how you take care of your teeth and gums with daily brushing and flossing and regular dental appointments.

Let the professionals at Dental Arts St. Pete Beach in Florida help you maintain good oral health.

Understanding Root Canal Treatment

Root canal treatments are a common procedure done by experienced dentists every single day. Has your dentist told you that you are in need of one of these treatments? You may be experiencing a level of anxiety that can be relieved with understanding what is involved in the procedure. Our team at Dental Arts in St Pete Beach are eager to alleviate our patients stress and pain. Continue reading on to learn more about root canal treatments and see how our team can help improve your smile.

Why is a Root Canal Needed?

Root canals are an essential treatment that saves the patients tooth and relieves pain. This treatment is required when the inside of your tooth becomes infected. This area is known as the pulp and contains the essential parts of your individual tooth, including the nerves, which sends pain signals during an infection. If you are interested in saving your tooth from extraction, then a root canal treatment is the perfect option. It clears out the inside of a tooth while allowing the structure to stand strong.

What is the Root Canal Process?

Prior to getting a root canal treatment, your dentist will thoroughly examine the affected tooth to ensure the treatment is the best option. They will administer a local anaesthetic to ensure you are totally comfortable during the entirety of the procedure. You can also speak with your dentist about different sedation dentistry options. These often are recommended for patients with anxiety about procedures or for younger children. A dental drill will help to create a small opening that allows them to clean and disinfect the tooth. After the treatment is over, your dentist will fit a restoration on your tooth, such as a dental crown. This will help to give further protection to your tooth and provides a tight seal.

Regular dental cleanings and exams are an important way to keep your teeth healthy and strong. Contact Dental Arts in St Petes Beach, Florida to book your next appointment and get back on the path to having a healthy and beautiful smile.