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We’re here to set the record straight. Here are a few of the most common dental health myths we hear on a regular basis, along with explanations of why they’re simply not true.
If you struggle with sensitive teeth and gums, you can rest easy knowing that you aren’t alone. What causes tooth and gum sensitivity, though, and how can you effectively treat and manage it?
Here’s a deep dive into the process of a typical dental cleaning.
Fillings are typically composed of a substance known as dental amalgam. This substance is a combination of several metals, most commonly silver, tin, mercury, and copper.
There seems to be a lot of mystery concerning wisdom teeth... What are they? Why are they often cut out? Why in the world are they called wisdom teeth?? First of all, the term wisdom teeth is simply due to the timing of their arrival...usually during the mid-teen years. During the age of gaining wisdom. Hence, wisdom teeth.
If there is a dental hygiene practice that is commonly overlooked, forgotten, or simply ignored...it is flossing. It is easy to believe that good brushing covers all of the bases, and that as long as you are brushing at least twice a day your teeth will be in tip top shape. Unfortunately, that is just not true.
"If a cavity is found in a child's baby teeth, what is the point of filling it? It's just going to fall out in a couple of years anyway!" This is a very common misconception that adults have toward their child's baby teeth.
"I'm young and healthy." "I don't have any tooth pain or unusual symptoms." "Going to the dentist twice a year seems a little extreme." "Do I really need to go to the dentist??" It seems like a very logical train of thought. Why would someone have their teeth checked twice a year if there seemed to be no need?
Have you ever had a sensitive tooth and looked in the mirror, only to discover that the affected tooth appears longer than the other ones? If you have, then you might be one of millions of Americans suffering from receding gums.
As you walk down the toothpaste aisle at the grocery store, do you become overwhelmed at the amount of options you have?? Extreme whitening, all-natural, tartar control, cavity prevention, enamel protection, and not to mention all of the kids' varieties...how does one go about knowing what type of toothpaste is actually worth buying?
Are you a southerner who enjoys sipping on sweet tea? Or an early-bird who likes to jumpstart their day with a strong cup of coffee? Or a connoisseur of deep red wines? If so, then you are probably well aware of the unfortunate price that comes with enjoying such wonderful beverages...stained teeth.
Xerostomia - more commonly known as "dry mouth" - affects millions of Americans. This condition can range from a mild annoyance all the way to severe complications due to an extreme lack of saliva. Either way, dry mouth negatively affects a person's quality of life.
A chipped tooth can happen to anyone. Playing sports, chewing on ice or hard candy, using your teeth to open something...all of these actions can potentially lead to a chipped or damaged tooth. A small, painless chip may seem like a minor issue not worth dealing with, but here at Montgomery Dentistry we want you to take our word for it: a chipped tooth is always worth looking into!
As concerns have risen over the purity and integrity of our country's tap water, so has the number of people who have begun purchasing and drinking from bottled and filtered water. It seems like the logical and responsible thing to do, especially when it comes to the health and safety of our children.
Here's a fact that's a little tough to swallow: According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, one in four Americans over the age of 65 have no teeth.
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