Myths of Dentistry


Cortney Davis, RDH

Myths of Dentistry

 It’s no myth that to some dental work can be scary sometimes. Statistics show that around 12 percent of the population in the U.S. says they are anxious when it comes to visiting the dentist, and many don’t know how to take care of their oral health properly. With the overwhelming anxiety and stress build up around dentists and dental health, it’s not shocking that people may have made up or heard several dental myths over the years. People then tend to believe these myths and decide not go to the dentist regularly, rather than find out the truth. Having false information can be harmful to your health, so let’s talk about some of the common myths which you may believe yourself or have heard.

Myth #1- As long as I brush my teeth twice a day or don’t have tooth pain, I don’t need to go to the dentist.

Fact: While brushing twice a day and flossing once daily is Important, it is not enough. It is also important to get routine cleanings. During cleanings, the hygienist will clean the hard to reach areas, will make sure your gums are healthy, and will educate patients on proper home care. Dentists will also use x-rays and visual exams to make sure a patient doesn’t have any problems with their teeth or gums. Many don’t know this, but you don’t always have tooth pain when you have a tooth problem or gum disease, and if left untreated a tooth problem and unhealthy gum tissue will only get worse and lead to more serious problems. That’s why it is so important to come in for routine check-ups.

Myth #2 The dentist only wants my money

Fact: While some dental procedures and treatments can seem costly, they are completely worth it. As stated above, if dental problems are left untreated for a period, the treatment needed typically becomes more extensive which will cost more than a simple cleaning every six months. If a dentist can catch the signs of infection early, treatment will be minimal and less costly.

Myth #3 Bleaching your teeth can damage them.

Fact: Bleaching is a popular service that allows patients to get whiter smiles faster. Scientific studies have shown that using peroxide to whiten teeth is both safe and efficient. Although bleaching can cause some sensitivity when a patient is using it, bleaching gel is safe concerning damage of the structure of teeth; it merely makes teeth whiter and brighter.

Myth #4. If gums are bleeding, brushing and flossing should be avoided. 

Fact: The exact opposite is true. Regular brushing and flossing are essential to remove plaque build-up which causes bleeding gums.   Bleeding gums is a sign of gum brokerage, and more care actually must be done to avoid worse oral problems.

Myth #5 Baby teeth aren’t important, they will fall out anyway.

Fact: Yes, eventually all of your child’s 20 baby teeth will fall out eventually. However, many serve important functions for your child’s development. Baby teeth are known as the natural space maintainers for adult teeth and if a child loses a tooth too early due to dental problems, they could cause crowding for adult teeth. The health of your child’s baby teeth can also affect the health of their adult teeth. If you leave dental decay in a baby tooth untreated, it could eventually cause your child pain, abscesses, swelling, and affect the adult tooth developing under the baby tooth. Also, if the infection got worse it could even spread to other parts of the child’s body.

Myth #6 I shouldn’t go to the dentist because I am pregnant

Fact: A dental check-up is recommended during pregnancy. Although many women make it nine months with no dental discomfort, pregnancy can make conditions worse or create new ones due to hormonal changes and changes in eating habits. Regular checkups and good dental health habits can help keep you and your baby healthy. Local anesthetics and x-rays are okay during pregnancy although they are to be done only when necessary.

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Allow me to introduce myself……..


Nora Torres, RDH

Allow me to introduce myself……..

My name is Nora Torres, Dental Hygienist.  I am somewhat new to this awesome practice.  Hard to believe it has been six months! Time sure flies by when you’re having fun!

I have been lucky to have met some of you and looking forward to meeting ALL of you! Now a little info about me:

I have been in the Dental field for 18 years! Wow! I was a Dental Assistant for eight years and I have been a Hygienist for ten years now.

My family and I moved to Arizona July 16, 2015 from Idaho (I know, huge difference)!  My husband proudly served in the Air Force for 23 years and we were ready to find our forever home. Arizona was our top choice since it’s close to our home state (New Mexico). The Air Force took us to a few places, North Carolina, Japan for three years and we were lucky to be in Idaho for 18 years. We have three children and having a place to call home for them was important to us.

I am looking forward in meeting every one of you! I know we tend to have conversations while our fingers, mouth mirror, and a sharp instrument are in your mouth! You would be amazed how good our communication skills are at that point!

We are a team of dental professionals, but also tend to get close to our patients. I like to think of it as one big, happy “dental” family! So, do not hesitate to call one of our locations to schedule your appointment today! We would love to help you and your dental needs.

We offer evening appointments and some of our offices are open on Saturdays too.  We also like to offer specials, this month we have Invisalign special for $3995!

What are you waiting for? Call our office and schedule your appointment today. I promise you not be disappointed!



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The Panoramic X-Ray Gives Dentists the Big Picture

Sharma RDH

Sharma Mulqueen RDH

The Panoramic X-Ray Gives Dentists the Big Picture

One advantage of the panoramic X-ray is its ease of use. Unlike other X-rays where the film is placed inside the patient’s mouth, the panoramic film is contained in a machine that moves around the patient’s head. Some people may be familiar with the panoramic X-ray because it is usually taken when the wisdom teeth are being evaluated. The X-ray will also reveal deep cavities and bone loss.  The panoramic X-ray has many other applications, including evaluating patients with past or present TMJ jaw joint problems; those who require full or partial removable dentures and partials; those who are at risk or suspected of having oral cancer or other tumors of the jaw, have impacted teeth such as wisdom teeth or have had any recent trauma to the face or teeth.

The panoramic X-ray can also identify some not so common problems, such as calcification within the carotid artery that may indicate the potential for a stroke. In one situation, my father-in-law had not been to the dentist in several years.  I referred him to my Friday office so he would be comfortable with another Dental Hygienist.  Full mouth series of X-rays, Panoramic X-ray, and charting were completed.    After the Dentist reviewed the panoramic X-ray it revealed a Bi-lateral calcification of the carotid artery.


The Dentist asked when the last time he was at his cardiologist.  He stated he was there yesterday and everything looked good according to his Doctor.   After discussing his findings he referred him back to his cardiologist for a follow up appointment.  After calling the Cardiologist office they got him in the following day and a test was done a week later.  The test revealed a 50% blockage on the left side.  To treat the blockage there are a few options.  Treat with medication, perform carotid angioplasty (a thin tube with a balloon on the end is threaded to the narrowed or blocked carotid artery) or Carotid Endarterectomy (a surgeon makes an incision in the neck and removes plaque buildup from a carotid artery, which helps restore normal blood flow through the artery. My father-in-law is in the early stages of these findings. He will have one more test to determine treatment.

The panoramic X-ray captures more than just the teeth. Normally, you don’t see the carotid artery on a panoramic X-ray because it doesn’t have any calcium in it and it’s like other soft tissue.  If there’s calcification in the carotid artery, then it will stand out.  It is recommended that if your Dentist notices this on your Panoramic X-ray, they should refer you to the appropriate specialists for further evaluation and treatment.

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