Top Ten Mistakes People Make About Dental Care
by Stephen H. Hook, DDS Westchester CA Dentist
As I drive around my neighborhood in Westchester CA near the Los Angeles International Airport I see countless numbers of dental offices and clinics all bidding for your patronage. I see billboards, newspaper advertisements and internet coupons offering information and bargains for dental work. Also 70% of the patients I see have third-party dental insurance which many times can be a source of confusion for you the average consumer. Hoping to help clear up the misconceptions I hereby offer my top ten delusions people have about dental care.
#10 TEETH NEED TO BE WHITE TO BE ATTRACTIVE AND APPEAR HEALTHY
Normal teeth are various shades from ivory, light yellow or gray to a slight brown cast. Almost never are natural teeth even close to perfectly white. Tooth Whitening is quite popular and can be very expensive and is nearly always TEMPORARY. The teeth will return slowly to their natural shades unless bleached repeatedly. Overly white teeth are unnatural and draw attention away from the eyes which are the most important facial asset for attractiveness. So remember, teeth whitening is temporary.
#9 MOUTHWASH AND TOOTHPASTE ARE VERY IMPORTANT FOR HEALTH AND HYGIENE
All OTC (over the counter) toothpastes and mouthwashes are non-essential for good dental care and oral health. They help cleanse and make your mouth taste fresher, but have some disadvantages and cost money. I suggest that patients use whatever products please them and are least expensive but do not think that the rinses and pastes do any significant whitening or disinfecting of their teeth or mouth. The brush and dental floss used properly makes all the difference. Read more of Top 10 Mistakes People Make About Dental Care