Myths about oral health keep some people from going to the dentist or taking advantage of the benefits of fluoride.Hudson Valley Dental Care: Lawrence Gilbert, DDS knows how important good oral hygiene is to your dental health. He’s spent more than 30 years helping patients take care of their teeth and offers crowns, tooth replacement, and porcelain veneers at his Monroe, NY office.
Adding fluoride to drinking water is still a subject of some controversy, even though it’s been more than 60 years since the practice was first introduced. Some people don’t believe that fluoride is really effective in decreasing cavities. According to the American Dental Association, 70 years of research has shown that fluoride is effective and safe in preventing tooth decay by at least 25% in adults and children. Although the fluoride in toothpaste is certainly helpful, adding fluoride to water has a significant impact on decreasing cavities.
Although Dr. Gilbert recommends that people visit their dentist at least every six months, some people don’t believe a trip to the dentist is necessary if they don’t have visible cavities. Dental X-rays can detect cavities while they’re still very small. If they’re repaired at this point, they won’t have time to grow and significantly damage the teeth. During regular visits, dental hygienists remove tartar from the teeth; tartar build-up can lead to gum disease and even tooth loss. Keeping those dental appointments will rid you of troublesome tartar and help you avoid the pain of gum disease.
During dental visits, your dentist also checks for signs of oral cancer and other types of diseases that can affect your health. Protect your smile and your health by calling (845) 783-8326 to make an appointment with Hudson Valley Dental Care: Lawrence Gilbert, DDS. Find out more about the services he offers on his website.