myths about oral healthORANGE CITY AND DELTONA, FL

If you want to be in the best health possible, you need to make sure you’re taking good care of your smile, too. Unfortunately, there is a lot of misinformation out there regarding oral care. Terry Soul, DDS, wants to make sure his patients in Orange City are educated, so we’re busting these seven myths about oral care.

Myth 1) Hard toothbrushes do a better job cleaning your teeth

The exact opposite is true. You want to use a soft-bristled toothbrush to care for your teeth. Using a hard-bristled brush or brushing too aggressively, or both can do damage to your gums or your tooth enamel, like cause receding gums or enamel erosion. The oral health professionals at Terry Soule, DDS, can provide education on proper brushing techniques during your next appointment.

Myth 2) Dental X-rays are not necessary

Your dentist should be taking X-rays at least once a year—at one of your twice-annual checkups. These X-rays are crucial in maintaining an accurate record of your oral health, and identifying potential problems long before they start manifesting obvious symptoms. At Terry Soule, DDS, our digital X-ray technology streamlines this entire process, taking more precise images while emitting a fraction of the radiation that is released by traditional X-ray machines.

Myth 3) Whitening treatments harm your teeth

The active bleaching agent used in teeth whitening treatments has been known to cause enhanced sensitivity in teeth, but this is more common when using a store-bought kit. At Terry Soule, DDS, each of our dental whitening treatments is overseen by an oral health professional, minimizing the risk of increased sensitivity. Moreover, our whitening procedures use more powerful products than any over-the-counter option, producing results that are more dazzling and also last longer.

Myth 4) Dental checkups aren’t necessary

This is completely false. Modern dental practices like Terry Soule, DDS, have advanced diagnostic methods to detect underlying problems with your teeth, gums, and mouth. In addition to using digital X-rays, we also use conebeam, a diagnostic system that obtains three-dimensional images of everything from the entire skull to just a handful of teeth. Terry Soule, DDS, uses state of the art technology to provide the highest level of care.

Myth 5) Gum disease is not widespread

The exact opposite is true. Data compiled by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention showed that nearly half of all adults in the United States over the age of 30 had some form of gum disease. A staggering 70 percent of senior citizens (those 65 and older) are suffering from gum disease. This ailment occurs due to a bacterial infection of your gum tissue. Terry Soule, DDS, can treat gum disease through laser therapy, which removes the infected tissue with much less bleeding and discomfort than achieving the same goal through traditional gum surgery using a scalpel. Learn more about our program of periodontal treatment here.

Myth 6) It’s not safe to go to the dentist while pregnant

Actually, it’s more important to maintain regular dental visits if you’re expecting. The hormonal changes during pregnancy can significantly increase a pregnant woman’s chance of developing gum disease. That’s why Terry Soule, DDS, recommends you schedule an additional check-up as soon as possible after learning that you’re pregnant. This also adjusts your regular schedule of cleanings to avoid an appointment during the third trimester, when it can be uncomfortable to sit in the dental chair for extended periods.

Myth 7) A cheap dentist is the best way to save money on dental care

You get what you pay for. You’re seeing a professional who has had significant training to become an expert in their field. That professional is using cutting-edge technology and the latest techniques. Perhaps you’ve avoided your dentist because of the cost, or because you don’t have dental insurance. However, this neglect is going to make any existing problems worse. At Terry Soule, DDS, we believe economics never should be the deciding factor in your level of care. That’s why we offer in-house benefit savings plans.

Comprehensive dental care in Orange City

Now that you’ve been educated on these dental myths, isn’t it time to get back on a schedule of regular appointments if you’ve lapsed in receiving regular dental care? Terry Soule, DDS, is here to help. Our office currently is offering an $89 special for new patients that also include an initial appointment with a cleaning, X-rays, and a follow-up consultation. Make your appointment today by calling (386) 775-1552 if you live in the areas of DeBary, Deltona, and Orange City, FL.