When you’re looking for ways to take better care of your dental hygiene, you may seek advice from friends, co-workers, and family. The problem with these sources is that they may be accidentally passing along some information that isn’t actually true. The best way to ensure that you are taking proper care of your teeth and gums is to schedule a regular dental checkup every six months. You can find out more about common dental misconceptions below.
Myth: Drinking Fluoridated Water is Dangerous
Fluoride is only dangerous to your health if you consume a quantity of approximately 2.5-5 grams of the element. This means that you would need to drink between 5,000 and 10,000 glasses of water with fluoride in a short amount of time in order to ingest a lethal dose. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend using fluoridated water when preparing your food in order to protect and strengthen the enamel of your teeth.
Myth: Having Soft Teeth Causes Cavities
You may have heard some of your friends or family members cite their soft teeth as the reason for getting so many cavities. Although some people may be more susceptible to cavities than others, this isn’t because of the structure of their tooth enamel. Every person’s tooth enamel is composed of the strongest minerals in the body so that they can properly chew food.
Myth: Removing Every Tooth Stain is the Same
Your dentist can use whitening techniques to easily remove tooth stains from food, coffee, and alcohol. However, it is much more difficult for your dentist to remove stains caused by damage to the nerve or pulp of your tooth. The size, shape, and thickness of your tooth enamel will also influence how well a whitening technique will eliminate the stains from the surface of your teeth.
Dr. Stephen Seidler of Sanford Dental Excellence opened his practice to provide Lake Mary patients with high-quality, gentle treatment and care. For more than 30 years, he has helped Central Florida patients improve the health and appearance of their smiles. To schedule an appointment, call (407) 320-1700.