Here at Concord Smile, your trusted source for general dentistry in Concord, we hear a lot of different myths and misconceptions walk through our doors. From minor to more serious misconceptions, we’ve compiled a few of the most common to finally shed some light on the truth.
- If you don’t feel any pain, there’s nothing wrong with your teeth. If you only visit the dentist when you feel pain, is only going to result in more pain: both in your mouth and to your wallet. Prevention through regular dental visits to our office is the best way to ensure that you don’t have a toothache or that you don’t have to shell out hundreds of dollars for a painful root canal. Plus, some more serious issues like oral cancer may not appear to have symptoms until it’s really bad.
- Dental X-rays are harmful to you. Some people with lots of dental health problems, or who are at high risk for cavities may need more frequent X-rays. And with some patients who don’t historically have dental health problems, the need for x-rays is less frequent. More often than not, the only way to diagnose a dental health issue is with an X-ray.
- You should rinse your mouth out with water after you brush your teeth. A long time ago, this was thought to be true. Fortunately, we now know better. The better practice here is: spit, don’t rinse. Toothpaste contains a lot of helpful ingredients that protect your teeth – why would you want to rinse all of that away?