5 Myths about Dental Care

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At Boger Dental, we love caring for our patients’ teeth and watching them walk out with a smile every day.

However, we know that not everyone shares our warm feelings about visiting the dentist.

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A big part of dental fear? Misinformation and misunderstandings.

So, here are 5 common dental myths, debunked.

Are any of these stopping you from getting the dental care you need?

1. Sparkling Water is Good for Your Teeth

Sparkling water is better for your teeth than soda. However, all carbonated water is acidic, so soda and sparkling water both wear down the enamel on your teeth.

Other beverages to avoid? The acidity in alcoholic beverages can also wear down your enamel, and the coloring of black tea and red wine can lead to deep stains in your teeth over time.

We’re not saying you need to avoid these beverages completely – just indulge in moderation, and keep brushing and flossing.

Eating or drinking something acidic? Just remember to wait half an hour to brush your teeth. Acids weaken your enamel, so brushing too soon after eating may damage your teeth. Even better? Brush your teeth before indulging in an acidic food or beverage, and drink some water afterwards, to wash the acid away.

2. Teeth Whitening Damages Your Enamel

When done properly, teeth whitening does not damage your teeth.

If you’re looking for a natural solution, try these foods to eat for natural teeth whitening and dental health.

Want a bigger wow factor? Professional teeth whitening is often your best bet. Ask your dentist about your options for professional teeth whitening, like Zoom Whitening or Ultradent Opalescence Boost.   

When done correctly, tooth whitening does not damage your enamel. To stay safe, the ADA recommends supervision for all tooth whitening techniques, even over-the-counter remedies. Your dentist can help you find the best-looking, safest choice for your needs.

3. Teeth Whitening is Your Best Option for Getting the Smile of Your Dreams

Teeth whitening is a great way to fix simple discolorations.

However, many people who get their teeth whitened are surprised to find that blemishes and cracks show up better on their new, bright smile.

Want to make a bigger difference in your smile? Porcelain veneers, bonding, or Invisalign may be the solution to get the brighter, healthy-looking smile you want.

Learn more about your options for cosmetic dentistry here. A vibrant, confident smile is critical to looking and feeling your best.

4. There’s Nothing You Can Do About Jaw Pain

If you suffer from chronic jaw pain, you know that it can be debilitating. From trouble chewing to pounding headaches, jaw pain can affect all aspects of your life.

The good news? If you’re able to diagnose the problem, you can often reduce or eliminate your symptoms.

At Boger Dental, we see a variety of patients who suffer from jaw pain tied to Temporomandibular Jaw Disorder, or TMD. This is often referred to as TMJ, as it’s issues are targeted to the Temporomandibular joint in the jaw. We use neuromuscular dentistry to address the root of your TMJ problems, instead of merely masking the symptoms. Neuromuscular dentists find the best position for your jaw in motion and at rest, so you gain optimal function for your muscles, tendons, and ligaments as well as your bones and teeth.

Learn more about our approach to TMJ disorders here.

5. Going to the Dentist is Scary, and There’s Nothing You Can Do About It

Going to the dentist is stressful for many people. In fact, around 75% of US adults suffer from some level of dental fear. There are many reasons people suffer from dental fear, from bad experiences as a child to white coat syndrome.

However, it doesn’t need to be this way.

Many dentists today are trained to be sensitive to dental phobias. And if dental fear is preventing you from getting the care you need, many dentists offer sedation options for your comfort.

Wondering if sedation dentistry could be a good choice? Here are three times when sedation dentistry may be right for you.

Want to learn more about your options? Check out our free eBook on sedation dentistry