Despite the advancements of modern dentistry, some long-standing dental myths persist. Following, Glendale dentist Dr. Donald Wilcox provides the facts that dispel a few common dental myths.
Myth: If my teeth don’t hurt or show visible problems, I don’t need to see a dentist.
Fact: Maintaining regular dental exams and professional teeth cleanings once every six months are critical to a good preventive dentistry routine. Not all dental health problems are accompanied by obvious symptoms; your checkups allow Dr. Wilcox to assess your oral health, and detect and treat potential problems at their earliest stages.
Myth: It doesn’t matter what kind of toothbrush I use, as long as I brush my teeth at least twice a day.
Fact: Unless otherwise advised by your dentist, you should brush your teeth using a soft-bristled toothbrush. Regular brushing with a hard-bristled toothbrush can cause premature enamel wear that can lead to sensitive teeth and other issues.
Myth: Dental health problems only affect your teeth, gums and mouth.
Fact: Your oral health is directly linked to your overall health. If not treated, many dental health conditions such as gum disease can contribute to a heightened risk for systemic health problems such as heart disease.
If you would like to schedule your regular dental checkup and professional teeth cleaning, please contact Desert Smiles to arrange your appointment with Dr. Donald Wilcox. We welcome patients from the Glendale, Phoenix, Scottsdale and Peoria, Arizona, areas.