Are you dental smart?
These days, with the internet and social media explosion we are experiencing, it’s easy to get overwhelmed with information about dental care in Lafayette, LA. With so much information at our fingertips, it can be difficult to distinguish fact from fiction. We might read one article, status update or tweet one day and then the next day read an article, status update or tweet that presents an opposing view.
Then there are the paid advertisements that try to convince you to buy a product or try a service that may or may not actually be right for you. So, let’s test your dental care savvy with a simple “Fact or Fiction” quiz and from the American Dental Association. Read each statement and answer to yourself “Fact” or “Fiction,” then read the correct answers below to see what you already know and what you might need to brush up on.
Fact or Fiction Statements
1.) It’s okay to whiten my teeth at home if I have staining.
2.) If I’m not having any pain in my mouth, there’s no need to see a dentist.
3.) You can outgrow tooth decay.
4.) People should floss once a week.
5.) White teeth are healthy teeth.
1.) Fiction. While over-the-counter whitening methods are safe, they don’t always work on all teeth. If you have had bonding or tooth-colored fillings placed in your front teeth the whitener will not affect the color of these materials, and they will stand out in your newly whitened smile. You should talk to your dentist before using whitening products.
2.) Fiction. Don’t wait for your teeth to hurt before seeing a dentist. In many cases, by the time you are in noticeable pain, it’s too late to treat a cavity or gum disease. To prevent this, make sure to schedule regular dental visits.
3.) Fiction. Tooth decay doesn’t care how old you are. That’s why developing good dental habits early in life is so crucial. Always make sure to brush your teeth twice a day for two minutes and to floss daily.
4.) Fiction. The ADA recommends that you floss your teeth daily along with brushing your teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste and scheduling regular dental check-ups.
5.) Fiction. A white smile doesn’t always mean your mouth is healthy. It’s important to remember that tooth whitening products do not clean teeth. Only by ushing your teeth twice a day for two minutes and flossing once a day can you guarantee a healthy smile.