Dental Myths: The Facts

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You probably know that there are a number of things you should do if you’re interested in keeping your teeth healthy. For instance, you probably know that you should brush and floss your teeth. However, would you be surprised to learn you may have been told a few things that aren’t completely true?

One common myth you may have heard is that sugary foods might cause cavities. However, while this myth is partially true, would you be surprised to learn that sugar doesn’t actually cause tooth decay? However, sugar will create an environment that will help bad bacteria grow. In other words, sugar won’t actually cause cavities, but it can create an environment that helps bacteria grow. Fortunately, there are a few things you can do to mitigate the problems caused by sugary foods, such as rinsing your mouth with water or brushing your teeth.

Similarly, you may have heard that gum disease isn’t very common. Unfortunately, gum disease is fairly common, and many Americans may not recognize the issue. In fact, nearly 47% of adults over the age of 30 have some sort of gum disease.

Finally, have you ever been told that pregnant women shouldn’t worry about bleeding gums? In reality, this myth is dangerous. Bleeding gums could be an indicator of an infection in your mouth. If this isn’t treated, your health could suffer. This issue has even been linked to pregnancy problems and to preterm labor.

If you’re interested in learning more about these issues, or worry about the truth of other claims you’ve heard, we invite you to contact Wright Family Dentistry by calling us at 870.932.2300. We’ll be happy to answer any questions you have and offer you personalized advice. Dr. Damon Wright and our team look forward to hearing from you soon!