Many people in Mississauga are highly informed about their dental health and St. Lawrence Dentistry would like to be another resource you can turn to. Just like any subject, there are myths. Its important to dispel some of these untruths as they can unnecessarily create confusion about dentistry and what people should do to maintain their oral health.
Myth: Cavities are caused only by refined sugar.
Truth: Dental decay forms around the presence of dental plaque which is a combination of bacteria, acid, saliva, and food particles. Carbohydrates are the foods for the mouth bacteria which in turn secrete acid. It is this acid which the main culprit of tooth decay. Examples of carbohydrate containing foods are rice, potatoes, fruits, breads, and vegetables. Eating simple refined sugars are most certainly a risk factor dental decay, but many nutritious foods are as well. Acidic foods such as citrus fruits and juices or soft drinks are not the cause of cavities but they will damage your enamel leading to tooth decay. Acids can weaken your tooth and damage the enamel. Losing the tooth’s enamel protection and exposing the dentin will increase your susceptibility to decay. The key is to practice proper home care. Make sure plaque is not sitting on your teeth and any acid exposure is limited.
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Myth: Kids Are a Lot More Likely to Get Cavities Than Adults.
Truth: Sealants, fluoridated water and preventive care have all help to cut decay in school-aged children by half in the last 20 years. However, in the case of senior citizens, there has been an increased incidence of cavities. This is caused by different circumstances such as effects of medicines which cause the mouth to be dry by reducing saliva production. Saliva helps fight tooth decay because it neutralizes acids. In addition, many older adults have bone loss around their teeth which means the roots of their teeth are exposed. In this circumstance it is very easy to get root decay on teeth which is can be more difficult to fix.
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Myth: Aspirin Placed Next to a Tooth Will Help a Toothache.
Truth: Only ingested Aspirin will help reduce toothache pain. If you place aspirin beside the tooth, you can burn your gum tissue because aspirin is acidic. Aspirin is almost as strong as stomach acid itself and should never be placed on the tissue next to a tooth. It is always swallowed just as the instructions laid out my Health Canada indicate. You can actually create a large hole in your gums creating a medical emergency for yourself by doing this.
Myth: All Fillings Eventually Need Replacing.
Truth: Newer Composite resin while filling material is very durable if it is used properly. It is quite common for these fillings to last many decades. The key is that proper technique must used when they are placed. Dr. Hawryluk will ensure your white filling restoration is placed to the highest standards. If a white filling does have some breakdown around it, most of them only need to be repaired or resurfaced. In other words, the whole filling does not need to be drilled out, just the section breaking down.
Myth: If You Have a Cavity, You’ll Know It.
Truth: No symptoms are usually observed with mild tooth decay. Only when tooth decay is in a more advanced stage does pain manifest. In deeper decay, the breakdown has reached the area around the dental nerve which causes you to feel the pain associated with cavities. If you wait for the symptoms to manifest, tooth decay has already advanced and it can lead to more extensive dental procedures. This is the reason why we recommend Dr. Hawryluk regularly check your teeth.
Myth: Every Dental Crown (Cap) needs a root canal treatment first.
Truth: If possible, Dr. Hawryluk will try and do porcelain dental crowns without getting involved in root canal treatment. Statistics show that only about 25% of teeth needing dental crowns will need root canal treatment at some point. Dr. Hawryluk will carefully assess your situation to see if your dental crown can be done without root canal treatment. If you have extremely deep decay on the tooth in question, or if the tooth is very sensitive there may be a higher probability root canal treatment is indicated on those teeth planned for a dental crown.
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Myth: Root canals are painful.
Truth: Most root canal procedures are painless. In fact, some patients actually fall asleep at our office during this procedure. Dr. Hawryluk will ensure adequate local anesthetic is placed. In many cases Ativan (lorazepam) is also used which gives a nice relaxing feeling. Dr. Hawryluk did however say that there are about 5% of teeth in which local anesthetic can take more time to set in for root canal procedures. These are called ‘hot teeth’. For situations like this a different delivery system for local anesthetic is used called ‘X-Tip’ which is highly effective. Rest assured, we will make your dental visit comfortable.
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