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Many people do not take proper care of their smile because they believe the many dental care myths that circle around, but we are here to help you refrain from being like those people! With our help, you will know the facts behind dental myths and you will take proper care of your smile. If you have any questions or if you have additional myths you would like to clear up, call our office today! We look forward to teaching you about dental care and oral hygiene.

Myth No. 1: Sugar is the only thing that causes cavities.
False: Sugar does cause tooth decay, but there are other sources that do as well, like acidic foods and drinks and carbs. The foods and drinks that are likely to cause or promote tooth decay include: soda, juice, sweets, fruit, vegetables, bread, rice, and potatoes. Acidic foods tend to break down your tooth’s enamel, weaken the tooth, and make it more prone to decay.

Myth No. 2: Kids get more cavities than adults.
False: Because of the vitamin supply in tap water, kids do not have more cavities than adults. They do have cavities, but there is not as much tooth decay in children as you might think. On the flip side, senior citizens tend to get more cavities because of the medications they take. The medications tend to dry out the mouth, and without saliva, their teeth are no longer protected.

Myth No. 3: Flossing is not important.
False: Flossing is extremely important. It may even be more important than brushing. Flossing is vital if you wish to have a healthy, strong, and functional smile because it cleans the areas of your smile that your brush cannot reach. It also removes plaque from your teeth each day, which is very important in the long run.

Myth No. 4: Brushing your bleeding gums is bad.
False: Generally, gums bleed because they haven’t received enough cleaning, especially enough flossing. So, go ahead and brush your teeth and gums, even your tongue! When you do so, you are removing the plaque from your smile, which is very beneficial because the plaque makes your gums swell and bleed.

Myth No. 5: Placing a pain killer next to a tooth will relieve pain.
False: If you place a pain killer against a tooth or against the nearby gums, the gums will likely be burned and harmed rather than healed and relieved. The pill will help more if you swallow it.