These Dental Myths Can Destroy Your Smile

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There is no shortage of information out there when it comes to dentistry. The age of the Internet has paved the way for people to have more access to great information … and unfortunately, bad information. Our Nashua NH dental family wants to help you avoid dental myths and to keep your smile healthy and looking great.

The best way to ensure you’re following good dental advice is to see a professional. You can find great dental advice and guidance from the staff at Nashua Family Dentistry. Give us a call today at 603-546-7460 to book your first visit. In the meantime, let us show you a few dental myths that you’ll want to avoid.

I don’t have cavities because I’m not in pain. MYTH

Part of this myth is true. Cavities can cause pain, BUT it’s wise to not wait until you’re in pain to visit the dentist. You have to remember that every person is different, and that there are varying levels of tooth decay. It’s possible to experience significant pain from a small cavity, but we’ve also seen patients who need extensive dental reconstruction and have no dental pain. The only true way to measure the health of your teeth is with the help of your dentist. We have trained in the latest hygiene techniques and can identify even the small bit of tooth decay. This helps us treat small problems instead of waiting until you need extensive dental work.

Root canals are dangerous. MYTH

This theory developed about 100 years ago and is still going strong in some circles of the internet. The theory is that the filling material can make a person sick, but the theory has been debunked many times over. There is no conclusive research showing that root canal therapy is dangerous. What’s worse is that the alternative to a root canal is pulling the tooth! We would never advice pulling a tooth unless it’s absolutely necessary.

Root canals are painful. MYTH

This is one of the biggest myths around root canal therapy. It’s interesting because root canal therapy is often used to get people out of pain. If you have an abscess or an infected root, that can cause a significant amount of pain. Root canal therapy is generally no more uncomfortable than having a filling. We numb the area before starting any work and use malleable materials to clean out the root. We also make sure you’re comfortable throughout every treatment. We offer pillows and music to distract your from the treatment. We can even render sedation dentistry to help you relax in the chair.

Dentures are as good as natural teeth. MYTH

Today’s dentures often look great, but they don’t function like your natural teeth. Dentures stay in the mouth based on fit, suction, and maybe even adhesives. But dentures don’t provide the same function as natural teeth. In fact, some studies have suggested that dentures only provide about 25 to 50 percent of the function of natural teeth. Many denture wearers struggle to eat the foods they love, or find that their dentures slide around in the mouth. If you’re looking for tooth replacements that are nearly as strong as natural teeth, you might look into dental implants.  

These are just a few dental myths that you’ll want to avoid in order to maintain a healthier mouth. Nashua Family Dentistry is here to treat your dental complications, big or small. Give us a call today 603-546-7460 to book your first visit.


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