If you’re like most, you may think that you’re up to speed on how to care for your smile. But your efforts may fall short if you’re not properly educated. That’s why we went to our team of experts to help set the record straight and find out if these common concerns were fact or fiction.
The best time to floss is before bed. Fiction.
Floss once a day, that’s all that matters. Bacteria multiplies every 20 minutes so flossing before bed is no better than any other time of day.
All dentistry is painful. Fiction.
Modern-day numbing medicine is free of the acid that was responsible for any painful sensations. There are also oral, IV and general sedation options.
Pregnant women shouldn’t undergo traditional dental procedures because of high risk factors. Fiction.
Not only is this false, but pregnant women should actually go to the dentist more than usual because their rise in hormone levels can cause the gums to swell, bleed and trap food leading to increased gum irritation.
If you lose your teeth, you’ll be confined to dentures. Fiction.
When multiple teeth are lost, the options are either dentures or dental implants, titanium rods that are anchored into the jawline and covered with porcelain crowns.
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