Here at David Forlano, DDS, we’re happy to answer any questions that patients have about their oral health. However, there are a few questions we’ve gotten that are bordering on myth. We’ve decided to face these myths head-on, and reveal the truth behind these popular beliefs. If you have heard a myth that you’re unsure about, feel free to ask our team and we’ll be happy to answer your questions.
Some patients assume that just because baby teeth eventually fall out, they don’t need to worry about taking care of those baby teeth. On the contrary, they really should worry. Baby teeth that are rotted from tooth decay can make it difficult for the adult teeth to erupt naturally or fully form. The permanent adult teeth can become infected as well (believe it or not, tooth decay is transferrable from tooth to tooth), which won’t be a good start for your child’s growing smile.
Not necessarily. There are cosmetic dental treatments available to help teeth appear whiter and brighter, but these treatments don’t magically get rid of diseases. Symptoms like discoloration, bleeding gums, inflamed gums, and more are symptoms that can’t be hidden or eradicated with cosmetic whitening.
On the contrary, bleeding gums need attention too. Granted, if they are bleeding they are probably painful to the touch, so be gentle with brushing. But refusing to brush or floss bleeding areas can allow bacteria to infect the areas further. Instead, be gentle around the area, and pay a visit to your dentist to see what issues can be fixed.
We’re not sure why hard-bristle toothbrushes are so popular, as they are actually harmful to your teeth and gums if you brush too hard. Gum lines can recede and the brush can be abrasive on the enamel layer of your teeth. Instead, opt for the soft-bristle brush to treat your smile gently.
Not so! Dentures are secured to the patient’s mouth via metal implements or an adhesive paste. Dental implants are secured to the patient’s jawbone directly, meaning that it has a stronger adherence than dentures would. Because of this jawbone support, dental implants can withstand most foods, such as tough meats, crunchy snacks, and more. Most of the time, dentures require some additional food preparation in order to eat your favorites.
Are you suspecting that a home remedy you’ve heard of may not be what it’s cracked up to be? Run it by us and we’ll let you know the truth. While helpful tips and tricks are readily available on the internet, there’s also a lot of lies out there too, and we want our patients to be well-informed. Contact us to speak with one of our team members or schedule a consultation with Dr. Forlano.
Dr. David Forlano
375 East Main Street
East Islip, NY
Monday: 10am - 7pm
Tuesday: 8am - 2pm
Wednesday: 10am - 7pm
Friday: 8am - 2pm
Saturday: By Appointment