At Dentistry on 7th, we’re proud to have served our community for many years. Helping you smile with confidence has been an incredibly rewarding experience and we appreciate the faith that you’ve put in our ability to improve your oral health.
However, we’ve noticed that some people delay their visit to the dental clinic because of certain misconceptions. Due to these myths people either avoid getting the help that they need or see a dentist after their problem has exacerbated. Here are some common misconceptions that we want to clear:
Myth#1: Brushing and Flossing Alone Is Enough for Good Oral Hygiene
It’s important to brush and floss your teeth every day to have good oral hygiene. The occasional use of mouthwash also helps. At the same time, you should also consume fluoridated water, lower the consumption of sugary items, and eat food that strengthens your teeth and gums. These practices will minimize the buildup of plaque, which is a sticky biofilm on your teeth that contains bacteria.
However, you also need regular dental checkups. At Dentistry on 7th, we can make sure that your oral care is on track. Even if you avidly brush and floss your teeth, you may miss small areas in hard-to-reach parts of your mouth. Here, plaque can solidify into tartar.
Tartar is challenging to remove at home. Over time, tartar can irritate and damage your teeth and gums. It can lead to gum diseases like gingivitis and cavities.
Regular cleaning at Dentistry on 7th can clear plaque before it strengthens. Even if you have tartar, a dentist can remove it before it does more damage. Follow some of these tips to improve your oral hygiene between dental checkups:
- Use a soft-bristled toothbrush twice a day for around two minutes at a time. You can visit Dentistry on 7th for advice on correct brushing techniques that will help you clean less accessible areas of your mouth. Flossing will help you clean the spaces between your teeth where bacteria can also do harm. You can also try an antiseptic mouthwash to kill the bacteria.
- Try using an electronic toothbrush if you need motivation. Studies suggest that some electronic toothbrushes clean teeth better than regular ones. Certain electronic toothbrushes are bundled with smartphone software that can keep a record of your oral care habits.
- Avoid smoking. Not only is tobacco bad for your vital organs but it can promote the growth of tartar.
Myth#2: Orthodontists Can Only Help Children
Yes, it’s true that orthodontic treatments are most effective in childhood. Using dental appliances, we can positively influence the shape of a growing jaw. If a child grinds or clenches their teeth, sheds teeth at an abnormal time, or sucks their thumb, then they may have a misaligned bite.
Misaligned teeth can also cause a child to have swallowing issues, pain in their jaw, ears, or neck, and a lack of self-confidence. Crowded and overlapping teeth are also more difficult to clean. This can increase the chances of tooth decay and gum disease. That’s why we recommend that you visit Hamilton’s favorite family orthodontist if you suspect that your child has crooked teeth or a misaligned jaw.
However, we realize that many adults didn’t get the treatment that they needed as children. This could have been for financial reasons or due to a lack of awareness. Fortunately, you can still get such services when you’re older. It’s a myth that adults don’t use orthodontic treatments. According to the American Association of Orthodontists, one in five orthodontic patients is an adult.
Myth#3: All Orthodontic Treatments Are Unsightly
Many adults hesitate to get orthodontic treatment because traditional braces are unsightly and uncomfortable. Large metal brackets with wires can hurt anyone’s self-confidence. However, newer options are smaller, less noticeable, more comfortable, and more convenient.
Are you interested in getting Invisalign to improve your smile without the discomfort and annoyance of using conventional braces? Then pay us a visit at Dentistry on 7th. Not only are these clear aligners virtually invisible, but they’re easily removable so that you can eat, drink, and brush and floss your teeth with ease.
Myth#4: Cosmetic Dentistry Is Only for the Rich and Famous
There was a time when cosmetic dentistry was only for the elite. The rich and famous flew out of town for such treatments. While local celebrities certainly visit Dentistry on 7th to improve their smiles, people from all walks of life use our cosmetic dentistry services.
We have many treatment plans that can give you a beautiful and widened smile. At Dentistry on 7th, we believe that cosmetic dentistry is a fusion of dentistry science and artistic vision.
Using subtle changes, Dr. Sarna can transform your smile to achieve dramatic results. After all, he’s considered to be something of an artist of dentistry. By correcting the shade, shape, space, height, and width of your teeth, he can help you smile with self-confidence. Treatment options can include whitening, bridges, veneers, crowns, and implants.
Not only does cosmetic dentistry improve your smile but it can also improve your oral health. For example, implants can reduce the stress on your jaw, joints, and facial muscles, and prevent further bone loss. If you find yourself wondering how crucial are implants to your dental health at an advanced age, then visit our website to learn more.
Myth#5: Technology Doesn’t Have a Big Impact on Dentistry
Many patients don’t realize how much technology improves our services. At Dentistry on 7th, we have often been recognized for our commitment to stay on the cutting edge of technology. For example, our VELscope Oral Cancer Screening System allows us to effectively detect oral cancer using a painless hand-held device. Other detection tools include the Seiler Microscope, which allows us to catch subtle indications of tooth decay and fractures. We also have the DIAGNOdent laser cavity detection system, which helps us catch cavities at an early stage.
Technology also allows us to make treatment more comfortable. For example, the Single Tooth Anesthesia System® (STA® System), also known as The Wand, delivers anesthesia with precision, reducing your pain during a procedure.
These are some of the most common myths about dentistry. We hope that clearing these misconceptions will encourage you to visit Dentistry on 7th when you need help with oral care. We welcome patients of all ages, including children, adults, and the elderly.