Your Dentist in Lancaster County Answers Common Dental Questions

TeethWhen it comes to oral health, most people have a lot of questions about the best way to care for their teeth and gums, as well as questions about certain procedures that are needed. Often, the information given is inaccurate, leading to additional confusion. Dr. Moriarty wants his patients to be as educated as possible about their oral health, which is why he is answering some of the top questions about dental health. Get the facts you need to know about your oral health from your trusted dentist in Lancaster County.

Is Oil Pulling Effective?

Oil pulling is an India folk remedy, which involves swishing with an oil, usually a sesame oil because it is widely available. The practice involves swishing for 15 to 20 minutes with the oil to reduce the amount of bacteria and toxins in the mouth. There is limited amount of research in the practice of oil pulling. While some studies indicate it may be effective for reducing the bacteria responsible for gingivitis and cavities, there hasn’t been enough research to determine whether or not it is overall effective. Instead, you can rinse with dental products for a minute or two. From a homeopathic standpoint, it may have a limited impact, but overall traditional dental practices, like brushing and flossing are more effective.

Why are so Many X-rays Needed?

X-rays give dentists insight into oral health in areas we can’t visibly see on clinical examinations. They are also an effective form of documentation to monitor for changes so we have comparative images. If treatments are needed, many insurance companies require x-rays to document and process claims.

To limit exposure to radiation, full mouth x-rays are often taken on adults. While many are concerned about being exposed to radiation, the amount of radiation you’re exposed to during a dental x-ray is about the equivalency of being outside for an hour for a full set of 18 x-rays. Advancements now allow for digital x-rays, which are about one-tenth of radiation when compared to traditional x-rays of the past.

Why are Wisdom Teeth Removed?

Wisdom teeth may need to be removed for various reasons. Most often, removal is necessary because when the wisdom teeth erupt, there isn’t enough room in the mouth. In addition, they may erupt at an off-angle or sideways, causing the oral surgeon to expose the tooth to gain access, which may include the removal of soft and hard tissue. Contrary to popular belief, wisdom teeth do not cause the other teeth in the mouth to shift or move.

Dentist in Lancaster County

Mor Smiles is your trusted family dentist in Lititz. Dr. Moriarty wants to ensure you have the healthiest and most attractive smile possible. Using the best information pertaining to oral health, you’re able to better understand your care and the best practices to promote oral health.

If you have a question about your oral care, Dr. Moriarty and his team are able to answer your questions. Call your dentist in Lancaster County today at (717) 925-3842.


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