As one of Rohnert Park’s leading dentists, Dr. Wayne Sutton strives to provide his patients with accurate and up-to-date information to help them make the best decisions regarding their oral health. In this blog post, the trusted dentist wants to dispel common misconceptions regarding dental health.
1. White Teeth Are Healthy Teeth
Unfortunately, looks can be deceiving. Just because your pearly whites look great doesn’t mean they are healthy. There are several things that can be wrong with your teeth and gums that cannot be seen with the naked eye. This is why X-rays, intraoral cameras and other diagnostic tools are important. A dentist uses these tools to thoroughly evaluate the health of the mouth’s structures. If a dental problem is detected, it can be addressed as soon as possible.
2. Tooth Loss Is a Normal Part of Aging
The truth is, tooth loss can happen at any age. Trauma, infection and poor oral hygiene can all cause a tooth to fall out. With excellent oral hygiene (i.e., brushing twice a day, flossing daily and visiting the dentist every six months), it is possible for natural teeth to last an entire lifetime.
3. No Pain Means No Problem
While some dental issues do produce painful and/or noticeable symptoms, many others (including gum disease) start off with little to no symptoms at all. Regular dental checkups every six months are important in detecting and treating dental issues in their early stages.
4. Oral Health Only Affects the Mouth
This couldn’t be farther from the truth. There is a growing amount of evidence linking poor oral health to numerous health problems. For instance, gum disease, which is caused by bacterial infection, has been linked to stroke, pneumonia, diabetes and heart disease. If left untreated, the bacteria found in the mouth can travel through the bloodstream and/or airway passages and lead to serious health conditions.
Learn More from Sonoma Smiles
Dr. Sutton and his staff at Sonoma Smiles are available to meet with you and answer your questions or concerns regarding your oral health. To schedule a personal appointment with our trusted team, please call our Rohnert Park office at (707) 585-2555.
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