As you can see in the media, words seem to “matter” more than ever before. Tweets, emails, texts, graffiti on the side of a bus; they all have impact. I never understood the use of the phrase: “projectile vomiting.” Is there another type of vomiting? Perhaps “drooling” or “lethargic” vomiting?
During our morning huddle, my staff and I decided to write down incorrect dental phrases and words that lay people use regarding dentistry.
- “My parents had soft teeth; that’s why mine are awful.”-False. There are really only two, extremely rare, genetic diseases that “soften teeth”, amelogenisis imperfecta and dentinogenesis imperfecta. Trust me. You don’t have it. It’s your diet, home care and lack of professional maintenance.
- “My mom had bad gums”. The research that gum disease runs in families is weak at best. This explains why your medical insurance will never pay for dental work, as they believe it is 100% preventable. You need meticulous home care, a hygienist on speed dial and straight teeth to prevent gum disease.
- “A crown ruins a tooth”: False. It saves a tooth by encasing it in porcelain or metal. A filling actually can weaken a tooth if too large.
- Fluoride causes cancer. False.
- Veneers look like Chicklets. False. Not when we do them. You get to approve your temporaries first, then the lab copies those for your permanent veneers. You make the call on how they look!
- Root canals kill the tooth and leave you with an infection that never goes away in your jaw bone. False. A well done root canal as seen on the x-ray will not leave you “infected” and will save your tooth.
- Crowns should last forever. Uh……False. Seven to fifteen years on average.
- Water pick replaced flossing. False. Not even close!
- Silver mercury fillings are dangerous. False. Seafood has more mercury than a mouth full of silver, which is totally safe.
Get the facts from us and don’t make a dental “myth-take”!
Dr. Mitchell Josephs practices Implant, Cosmetic and General Dentistry with an emphasis on implants, porcelain veneers, and complex crown and bridge treatment. He is on staff at JFK Medical Center and is a Faculty Advisory Board member at McGill University’s Faculty of Dentistry. He completed his residency at Manhattan’s Beth Israel Medical Center and Mt. Sinai Hospital.