Are Your Dental Habits Actually Just Dental Urban Myths?

4 Dental Urban Myths and Facts

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When it comes to oral hygiene, you may find yourself with beliefs and habits that that you have follow merely because your parents did it as well. You might not know why you do certain things, but someone told you it was good for your teeth and you went with it. There are a lot of dental urban myths out there; here is some insight into four of them:

Myth #1: It doesn’t need to be cleaned/fixed – it’s just a baby tooth.

Fact: In reality, baby teeth are very important to your child’s health and development. They help the child to chew, speak and smile. They also hold space in the jaws for permanent teeth that are growing under the gums. When a baby tooth is lost too early, the permanent teeth can drift into the empty space and make it difficult for other adult teeth to find room when they come in. This can make the tooth crooked, crowded or even blocked out. That’s why starting infants off with good oral care can help protect their teeth for decades to come.

Myth #2:  Dental work is permanent.

Fact: Dental treatment is not permanent. The time a restoration lasts on a tooth is dependent on many factors including the persons bite, habits, clenching and grinding frequency. It is very important to maintain good oral hygiene to minimize the risk of decay, which can redevelop around dental restorations. Often times this happens on the sides of the teeth when flossing is neglected.

Myth #3:  I don’t have insurance so I can’t go to the dentist.

Fact: Insurance benefits have drastically reduced since the inception of dental insurance in the mid-1960s. The delaying of dental treatment will cost you more than insurance benefits will cover if the treatment becomes complex (root canals and crowns). Delaying your treatment and maintenance will only cost you more money in the long run.

Myth #4: Insurance companies have your best interests at heart.

Fact: Dental insurance benefits have remained the same since the 1960’s! It’s important to know the limitations of your policy and make informed decisions on treatment based on what is best for your health.

At Glen Oaks Dental, we recommend best treatment for your particular issue regardless of insurance coverage. We understand that your oral health and appearance greatly impacts the quality of your life, so we will develop a plan based on your goals and current situation so you can achieve the very best results possible.

If you have a specific dental concern or wish to have a comprehensive examination, you can reach us at 763-786-8460. Glen Oaks Dental will work with you to develop a plan to achieve the very best results possible. And because no two patients are alike, we customize our services to meet your specific needs. Give us a call today! 

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