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Dentist clears up dental care myths on morning show
Updated: 4/16/2009 11:00:14 AM

Dentist clears up dental care myths on morning show In an effort to debunk some dental health suggestions people may have gotten from family members when they were younger, a dentist appeared on a New York morning show to set the record straight.

Dr. Gregg Lituchy spoke about dental care myths on New York's PIX Morning News program, one of which was that eating candy would automatically give people cavities. According to the dentist, this wasn't entirely true provided people adhered to a routine teeth cleanings, twice a day, and flossing. This may be useful advice given it's the week after Easter.

As for bleaching one's teeth, it unfortunately doesn't work on everyone nor is it a one-time procedure.

"Some patients' teeth don't bleach evenly," Lituchy told "Depending on what bleaching technique you use, you will need touch-ups as little as once a year, or as often as every three months. The only sure-fire way to keep a beautiful white smile for years is with porcelain veneers."

The doctor also recommended people use a toothbrush with soft bristles and to not brush too hard, since "a hard-bristle brush may actually cause more problems, such as irritation and erosion of the gums," according to the report.

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