Taking a Bite Out of Dental Myths

462040699When it comes to oral health, there are a number of common myths and misconceptions that may be affecting your oral hygiene routine. In this article, you will see a handful of some of the most prevalent dental myths that could negatively influence the health of your teeth and gums.

Myth: Only kids get cavities.

While kids may be more susceptible to cavities without sufficient fluoride treatment, it is important to remember that adults are not immune to cavities. In fact, senior citizens frequently develop cavities due to dry mouth. Bottom line: Tooth decay does not discriminate by age, so proper brushing and flossing along with regular checkups at the dentist’s office are essential.

Myth: You don’t need to floss every day to have healthy teeth

Many adults neglect flossing in their oral hygiene routine, but flossing is a necessity for preventing tooth decay and gum disease. Brushing and rinsing with mouthwash cannot reach the areas between the teeth where bacteria and plaque may hide. Through time, gum tissue may recess as a result of insufficient flossing, eroding the foundation for healthy teeth.

Myth: It is easy to tell when you have a cavity

Cavities should be treated as early as possible, but they will not typically cause pain, sensitivity, or discomfort until they have spread over larger areas of the teeth. That’s why it’s important to see the dentist for regular screenings to identify cavities sooner rather than later. When cavities do grow to a significant size, more extensive restoration may be needed than fillings alone.

If you are seeking personalized dental care to improve the health of your smile and establish a lifetime of great oral health, connect with the Dental Office of Dr. Michael Manela. You can reach us at (520) 744-2039 to schedule appointments for the whole family in our Northwest Tucson office.