Common Dental Myths Uncovered

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.

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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.

Understanding Periodontal Disease

Periodontitis is a medical condition that begins in the gums and often leads to tooth loss. Although this condition begins as gingivitis, its symptoms make it a very different and a more serious oral health issue. The best way for you to prevent advanced periodontal disease is to learn how to recognize the signs of gingivitis and remove any trapped bacteria before your condition becomes more severe.

As this video explains, gingivitis is the result of your body’s immune system increasing the blood flow and amount of white blood cells to your gums. This reaction causes your gums to swell, redden, and become more sensitive. 

If you are experiencing any symptoms of gingivitis, schedule a dental consultation and cleaning at Sanford Dental Excellence by calling (407) 320-1700. We can remove plaque buildup and help you protect your teeth.

How Does the Six Month Smile System Work?

When most people think of braces, they picture large metal brackets and wires attached to the surfaces of their teeth. This perception can deter many people from seeking the cosmetic dental treatment that they need in order to have a straight, healthy smile. The Six Month Smile System is a revolutionary way for adult dental patients to enhance the appearance of their teeth in a discreet, timely manner.


Straightens Teeth with Clear Brackets
During a patient’s first consultation, his or her dentist will take a series of X-rays and photographs to determine how the Six Month Smile System can align the patient’s teeth. At the next appointment, the dentist will secure a series of small, clear Lucid-Lok brackets to the surface of each tooth. These brackets are then connected through a tooth-colored Chameleon wire. Both the brackets and the wire are designed to be inconspicuous when a patient wears them.

Reduces Overall Treatment Time
While traditional metal braces are normally worn for two to three years, the Six Month Smile System uses the latest technology to safely move a patient’s teeth in as little as six months. This technology enhances a patient’s smile by focusing on the teeth that are most visible when the patient smiles or talks. Because the treatment time is relatively short, the Six Month Smile System generally costs less than traditional braces or other aligner therapies.

Causes Minimal Discomfort
Even though the Six Month Smile System moves teeth faster than other alignment treatments, it doesn’t cause the patient to experience any additional pain or discomfort. In fact, the system uses low force to adjust a patient’s teeth and bite. Like any other alignment system, Six Month Smile may cause some mild discomfort at the beginning of treatment.

If you’re interested in the Six Month Smile System, call Sanford Dental Excellence at (407) 320-1700. Our Lake Mary office provides the most advanced dental technology and a comfortable treatment setting. Each member of our staff is dedicated to helping patients achieve the smile that they have always wanted. 

Need More Information on Cosmetic Dentistry Procedures? Take a Look at The Links Below

Taking an active role in your dental care will help ensure that your smile lasts you a lifetime. Sanford Dental Excellence offers implant, sedation and general dentistry for all your dental care needs. Call us today at (407) 320-1700 to schedule an appointment or visit us on the web for more dental information. Find more information on how your dentist can help you smile brightly by clicking through these resources: 


  • Root canal treatment is important for saving a badly damaged or decayed tooth. Find out the consequences of delaying a root canal in this article on Discovery Fit & Health and talk to your dentist if you’re concerned about the procedure.
  • Discover exactly what happens during a root canal by checking out this information from the U.S. National Library of Medicine.
  • provides more information about toothaches, their various causes, and when to contact your dentist for treatment.
  • Tooth whitening offers a popular and easy way to drastically improve your smile. Read more about this cosmetic procedure and how it can transform your look on
  • Learn what to expect when receiving a dental filling and find information on different filling options on 

Dental Emergencies that Require Immediate Care

Dental emergencies can be stressful situations, but with the right knowledge and prompt treatment, they can usually be easily resolved. In many cases, your dentist can restore or repair injured teeth like there was never any accident at all. Never hesitate to contact your dentist if you are worried that you may need emergency dental care.

Tooth First aid

Avulsed Tooth
Injuries to teeth can happen anywhere and at any time. A tooth that has been knocked out of the mouth or severely dislocated from its natural position should receive immediate dental care. In many cases, the avulsed tooth can be saved if action is taken immediately. Address any bleeding and ensure that there is no serious head injury that requires medical care. If the tooth has been knocked out completely, keep it in the tooth socket, tucked into the cheek, or in a cup filled with milk until you reach the dentist’s office. Call your dentist immediately for further instructions and emergency dental care.

Damaged Restoration
If you lose a crown or filling, call your dentist right away. You may need immediate care to prevent infection. In many cases, a temporary filling or crown can be placed until a regular appointment can be scheduled. A lost crown should be replaced as soon as possible to prevent shifting of your other teeth.

Severe Toothache
A severe and sudden toothache is an indication of a deep infection in a tooth or in your gums. If you experience intense pain in a tooth or in your jaw, call your dentist immediately. Your infection could be serious, so you should not wait for a regular appointment for treatment. Other signs of infection include swollen gums, sores in your mouth, and the onset of a fever or pain when chewing.

Sanford Dental Excellence understands that dental emergencies often occur at inconvenient times. We offer emergency dental services so you can get the care you need at any time and ensure that your smile stays bright and healthy. Call us at (407) 320-1700 or click here to visit our website and find out more about our Lake Mary dental services. 

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