Seven common dental myths

Seven common dental myths

There are many misconceptions in our culture about dental care and such a misunderstanding could lead to serious health issues. Here, we’ve outlined 7 of the most common ones so that you don’t put your health at risk.

1. You don’t need to go to the dentist unless your teeth hurt.

Regular checkups alleviate small dental problems you may have before they develop into serious issues. Regular appointments when your teeth don’t hurt will save you time and money.

2. Flossing causes gaps in your teeth.

Flossing prevents gaps from forming by protecting your teeth from decay by removing debris and build up between your teeth. Depending on the amount removed, this may cause gaps to appear bigger, but in reality they are simply cleaner.

3. Baby teeth health is unimportant.

Baby teeth usually remain for ten years and if not properly maintained cause serious health concerns. If a child’s tooth falls out early it can cause permanent teeth to align incorrectly. Additionally, caring for your child’s baby teeth now will instill good habits that will keep them healthy throughout adulthood.

4. When you brush your teeth doesn’t matter

Our mouths always produce saliva; this saliva keeps our mouths clean. However, at night our mouths produce less saliva than during the day. Left over debris will sit in your mouth all night and contribute to tooth decay. Brushing before bed clears your mouth of such threats.

5. Sugar-free soft drinks are ok to drink

Though your favorite diet sodas may not include sugar, sodas still contain high amounts of acid. Acid wears down your enamel and feeds bacteria that cause cavities.

6. Your dental health is unrelated to the rest of your health

In reality, a mouth that has infections can cause bacteria to spread through the rest of your body through your bloodstream. Studies show significant correlation between mouth disease and other serious conditions.

7. It’s impossible to have healthy teeth at an old age

Our age doesn’t determine our oral health. But, how we care for our mouth now will determine what our oral health as we age.

These are just a few of the misconceptions people have about dental health. During your next dental exam, ask about any questions you might have.