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Dental Health Myths

Three Biggest Dental Health Myths

 Most of us are familiar with the basic tips on how to maintain healthy teeth and gums, which often boils down brushing and flossing our teeth on a regular basis. However, there is also a large number of misleading dental health myths out there that can be detrimental to our overall oral health. Here are some of the biggest dental health myths to be aware of, according to dentists at West Valley City’s Pioneer Valley Dental.

Myth One: There is only a problem if I have pain.

Although oral pain can be a good indication that there is something wrong, there are many dental health issues that aren’t accompanied by any pain at all. Those issues can include oral cancer and periodontal disease. The best strategy to maintaining overall oral health is to plan regular visits to our dentist’s office for evaluations and checkups. This will help to ensure that our teeth remain healthy and strong, and it will give our dentist the opportunity to discover problems even before pain and/or visible symptoms become a factor. Most dentists recommend dental checkups every six months, but visits could be required quarterly or annually depending on a patient’s needs and budget.

Myth Two: My dental health does not affect my body or overall health.

The condition of one’s mouth can often mirror the condition of his or her body as a whole. Studies have shown a link between periodontal disease and health issues including stroke, heart disease and diabetes. The mouth is also the beginning of the digestion process, and oral health issues can either lead to or exacerbate digestive problems. The mouth can also be the entryway for bacteria and infections in the body. Maintaining healthy teeth, gums and overall oral health is important aesthetically, but it can also help prevent much more serious health issues from occurring in the future.

Myth Three: The more sugar I eat, the more I am at risk for tooth decay.

 In reality, it isn’t the amount of sugar that we ingest that causes cavities and tooth decay, but the length of time that sugar is in contact with our teeth. Cavities are caused by acids that are produced by oral bacteria that come from sugar. The longer our teeth are in contact with those acids, the more at risk we become for getting cavities. Brushing our teeth at least two times per day and flossing at least one time per day is crucial to maintaining proper oral hygiene. However, brushing and flossing after every meal and snack, especially following the consumption of sugars, is one of the best ways to avoid cavities and tooth decay.


West Valley City Dentist | Dental Health Myths. Curtis Smith is a West Valley City Dentist.