Updated: 02/04/2019 4:06 PM | Print Story |  Email

Dental Myths with Shamblott Family Dentistry

Dr. Scott Shamblott from Shamblott Family Dentistry stopped by to separate dental myths from facts. He also shared details on their 13th annual Dentistry for the Heart event, offering free dental services to new customers in need. For more details about the event, click here

Chocolate causes tooth decay?
 
MYTH: Chocolate in itself does not cause any harm to the teeth. It is when you don't brush after eating sweets and chocolates that tooth decay happens.
 
It doesn’t make any difference what type of brush one uses - soft bristles or hard, they’re all the same. 
 
MYTH: A soft bristle brush is much preferred. Improper brushing with a hard bristle brush may cause damage to both the gum and teeth.
 
Some dental procedures can be done safely during pregnancy
 
FACT: There are many procedures that can safely be done in the second trimester.  Dental emergencies are addressed when they happen at any point in a pregnancy
 
I will lose a tooth for every child that I have? 
 
MYTH: This myth perpetuates that the unborn child will suck the calcium out of the mother's teeth, and she will lose a tooth. As a matter of fact, calcium is absorbed from the mother's bones and not her teeth
 
Tooth whitening will make all my teeth, but not my fillings, veneers, crowns and bridges white.
 
FACT: Tooth whitening only makes teeth whiter. No whitening products affect crowns, bridges, veneers, bonding and fillings. Be careful… otherwise you may end up with light teeth and dark filling and crowns
 
The average human produces 25,000 quarts of saliva (spit) in a lifetime. 
 
FACT: That is enough saliva to fill 2 swimming pools!