Gentle Dental at Jefferson Avenue
529 E Jefferson Avenue, Detroit, MI 48226

Separating Healthy Teeth Facts from Fallacies

Healthy Teeth

It can sometimes be hard to decipher which dental care tips and maxims are true and which are rooted in myth. The key to maintaining the health of your teeth involves getting to the bottom of some of the most popular dental care concepts. The following information is intended to shed a bit of light on some of the most common areas of confusion.

Many people dream of having bright, white teeth, but may have been warned about the safety of over-the-counter products intended to provide significant changes in color. The fact is that whitening strips and similar products really do not harm the teeth or gums, and can help brighten teeth. However, tray systems in which peroxide solutions are held against the teeth can actually harm tooth enamel if not used correctly. In-office whitening performed by an affordable dentist in a reputable family dentistry office is the safest way to get noticeable results.

Proper brushing techniques have also been the subject of some confusion. However, by simply brushing gently and choosing toothbrushes and toothpastes bearing the American Dental Association seal of approval, it is hard to make a misstep. Conventional brushes need to be replaced every three months. Easy-glide dental floss is a perfect choice for getting real results. Pricey water pick tools may actually do more harm than good, as they can lodge bacteria in the gums. If in doubt about what to choose, a family dentistry professional can make useful product recommendations.

Drugs of all types can have a detrimental effect on oral health, and must be approached carefully. Methamphetamine is among the most harmful, as it contains acid and dries the mouth, which fosters plaque development. Tetracycline and other antibiotics can discolor permanent teeth if taken by children, a fact of great concern to many parents. Nicotine is widely known for staining the teeth and should be avoided at all costs.

Just about everyone has received a lecture from a parent at one time or another about the perils of having too much sugar. However, dental care professionals are quick to point out that the sugar itself is not the issue, it is the length of time it is allowed to stay on the teeth and convert to bacteria. Fortunately, by brushing often and drinking lots of water, soda and candy can remain occasional additions to any diet.

To get the dental care you deserve from an affordable dentist in Downtown Detroit, call Gentle Dental at Jefferson Avenue today at (313) 879-4769 or make an appointment.

Gentle Dental offers affordable family dentistry and gentle, compassionate dental care in Downtown Detroit. With 8 affiliated practices throughout Michigan, our offices are conveniently located with extended hours to meet your needs. At Gentle Dental at Jefferson Avenue, we provide most dental services, from basic preventative care and general dentistry to specialized procedures and complete dental reconstruction. We accept most dental insurance plans and offer affordable financial solutions for any budget. Patient satisfaction is our top priority and we strive to provide the exceptional, affordable dental care and personal touch that lead to lasting relationships. A smiling patient is our greatest reward and we look forward to keeping those smiles healthy, beautiful, and bright. Discover an affordable dentist who truly cares at Gentle Dental at Jefferson Avenue.

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