Encinitas, Carlsbad, and San Diego
Many misconceptions exist surrounding dentistry. Unfortunately, some of these prevent people from visiting the dentist regularly, creating some of the very problems they wish to avoid. San Diego, California area cosmetic dentist Dr. Mary Walsh-Cole and her staff are familiar with all of these myths and misconceptions, and can answer any questions you might have about proper dental care and hygiene.
Some common dental myths include:
Young children do not need dental care. This is a particularly dangerous misconception, since it can lead to long-term problems for your children’s mouth and teeth. Even though children lose their baby teeth, if these teeth are not properly cared for, the result is often chronic problems with the permanent teeth when they come in. In addition, if children do not learn proper dental hygiene from an early age, they will not develop the habits that will help them keep their permanent teeth well into old age. It is best to begin regular dental appointments as soon as your child’s first teeth have arrived.
Once a tooth has been crowned, it will eventually need a root canal. Though sometimes a tooth that has received a crown may need a root canal at some point, not every crowned tooth will require the more invasive procedure. Root canals are only performed when the cavity and tissue surrounding the tooth’s nerve have become infected or if the tooth is severely decayed. Otherwise, a crowned tooth can last for many years without any need for a root canal.
Frequent brushing with a hard toothbrush is the best way to keep teeth and gums healthy. Hard toothbrushes are rarely recommended. In general, a soft or medium brush is best, and should be used to clean teeth twice a day. Overly frequent brushing with a hard brush can actually damage teeth, eroding the enamel and causing extreme sensitivity. Once the enamel has been damaged, the teeth often must be fitted with porcelain veneers or crowns.
If you have any questions about dental myths or misconceptions you may have heard, please contact San Diego, Encinitas and Carlsbad, California area cosmetic dentist Mary Walsh-Cole, DMD. Dr. Walsh-Cole and her staff will be happy to answer your questions or schedule a consultation to discuss your individual dental needs.