Patient education is an important part of the job for any dentist. With false information and misleading headlines all over the internet, it’s important to consult a qualified professional when it comes to teeth cleaning and other dental health facts. Here, David M Kramer, DDS debunks some common oral health myths that have been plaguing patients in recent years. With more than 25 years serving the community of Fairport, NY, this dentist is here to set the facts straight.
A Dentist Debunks 3 Oral Health Myths
1. The Foul Fluoride Myth
Many anti-fluoride activists cite a 2006 report from the National Research Council examining fluoride in water, claiming that the NRC report indicated potentially damaging levels of fluoride in tap water. In fact, the report concluded that “potential for adverse effects from fluoride” is not applicable when considering fluoride levels in the majority of Americans’ water. In fact, community water fluoridation has many benefits and can contribute to healthy teeth and gums—which is why you see many dental products with added fluoride.
2. The Anti-Flossing Fad
Just this past year, reports arose that flossing is not necessary for maintaining good oral health. While this task can be time-consuming, it’s still very necessary! Flossing removes debris and plaque that your toothbrush’s bristles can’t reach, allowing for more effitient teeth cleaning.
3. The DIY Teeth Whitening Myth
Many at-home teeth whitening kits are available these days, all of them claiming to give you the same bright smile that a professional dental procedure can. Unfortunately, these DIY kits are not only less effective, but they can also be harmful. Effective teeth whitening requires potentially dangerous chemicals (usually hydrogen peroxide, so this procedure is best left in the hands of a trusted cosmetic dentistry expert who has the tools and expertise to provide maximum results—safely.
If you have questions about your oral health and teeth cleaning habits, David M Kramer, DDS in Fairport, NY, will be happy to help. From general dentistry services like teeth cleaning to cosmetic dentistry procedures like teeth whitening, this dentist has the expert insight into all kinds of dental care. Visit the dental office’s website to find out more about their patient services or call (585) 223-1980 to make an appointment.