False dental myths can lead to harmful beliefs and dental habits. Our team at Harbor Point Dental Group would like to share the truth about these common oral health myths that many patients have heard. We invite you to read the truth behind these myths to learn how to best care for your oral health!
1. “You only need to go to the dentist if your teeth hurt.”
You may have heard the saying “prevention is better than cure.” What we believe is just as important for you to know is that diagnosing and curing a tooth problem at an earlier stage is much easier and cost-effective than if it were to be addressed later.
Even if you aren’t experiencing dental pain, we recommend seeing a dentist twice a year for regular cleanings and exams. Some dental issues are not easily noticeable but can still cause infection and need treatment. If you were to wait too long, the treatment needed may be more expensive than if the disease were caught before it worsened. Prevention saves you both time and money in the long run!
At Harbor Point Dental Group, we are family. We understand that many people suffer from dental intimidation and therefore shy away from visiting the dentist. However, your oral health is something that you shouldn’t delay. Talk to us about your fears, and we will create a unique plan for you to make you feel more comfortable. We also offer therapeutic, all-natural remedies like CBD in our offices that help our patients feel calm and relaxed throughout their visit. To learn more about Green Spectrums, our CBD provider, visit GreenSpectrums.com or ask us about CBD in our offices.
2. “Flossing can create spaces between your teeth.”
Flossing does not create spaces between your teeth. In fact, flossing helps prevent decay between your teeth. When you floss, you’re removing food debris around your teeth and gums, which helps keep them healthy and removes harmful bacteria. Sometimes if you have plaque and tartar buildup in between and behind your teeth, it can be difficult to floss. A hygienist can help remove that buildup and make it easier for you to establish a successful flossing routine. We recommend that you brush and floss at least 2x’s per day if not more.
3. “Oral health is not connected to the rest of the body.”
This is the most important of the dental myths to beware of! Your oral health is connected to your systemic (overall) health and there are many correlations between your mouth and body. A mouth with severe tooth decay and periodontal disease is more likely to cause bacteria to enter into the bloodstream and result in other health issues. Studies have found a link between periodontal disease and heart disease, diabetes, cancer, and more.
Deny the Dental Myths & Be Proactive About Your Dental Care!
We encourage you to be proactive in keeping your teeth healthy. Putting off regular dental check-ups will likely lead to problems. A little time invested each day can save you countless hours of trouble – not to mention money – in the future. Click here to take your next step and schedule your appointment with our professional staff.
Don’t forget, our mission is always to get our patients the dental care they need at a price they can afford. Do not let a lack of dental coverage or maxed out benefits compromise your oral health. Click here to see how our in-office savings plan program can save you up to 70% on your dental treatments while giving each member 1 Free Teeth Cleaning per member per year! You can also ask us about Flex Spending and Care Credit. At Harbor Point Dental Group, we also participate with most dental insurances so feel free to ask us how we can support you in financing your oral health habits.