Myth #1: ‘Sugar-free sodas better for my teeth
Just because soda is sugar-free, it doesn’t mean it’s harmless to your teeth. Sugar undoubtedly contributes to tooth decay and cavities, but sugar isn’t the only thing. Even sugar-free sodas contain acids and carbohydrates combined with bacteria and saliva to result in plaque, also known as biofilm buildup. If your teeth are not cleaned regularly, that plaque buildup can lead to tooth decay and gingivitis.
Myth #2: ‘Dental health doesn’t affect my overall health.’
Oral health is a good indicator of overall health; poor oral hygiene can increase your risk for disease in other parts of your body. Moderate to advanced gum disease increases the risk of heart disease and is more prevalent among people with diabetes. Bacteria and other germs can spread through blood flow from the mouth to other body areas. Bacteria that spread to the heart can cause damage and inflammation.
Myth #3: ‘I can wait to see the dentist until it’s an emergency.’
With dental health, prevention is vital. Keeping your dental hygiene appointments and check-ups allow your dentist and dental hygienist to spot and treat issues before they become emergencies. As discussed above, you don’t want to wait until your dental health affects your overall health.
Myth #4: ‘Cavities in baby teeth aren’t as serious as in adult teeth.’
Oral health in children is essential, even if they lose their baby teeth. Tooth decay and cavities can impact how adult teeth form under the gums. Also, if kids learn to take care of their teeth while they still have their baby teeth, they will likely keep good habits once they are older.
So, encourage and teach your children to brush and floss daily, according to a dental professional’s recommendation.
Myth #5: ‘Silver dental fillings aren’t risky.’
“Silver” fillings are dental amalgams made from a combination of multiple types of metal. They are strong, durable, and long-lasting. However, dental amalgam fillings also contain small amounts of mercury. In large amounts, mercury is toxic.
According to the FDA, dental amalgam fillings are safe for most children and adults. Tell your dentist if you know you have sensitivities or are allergic to tin, copper, and other metals. They can use fillings of another material.