While it is easy to take for granted, your dental health can actually say a lot about your overall health. As a result, many people have held tight to several troublesome myths related to oral health. It’s important to discern the truth from fiction when it comes to maintaining your own oral health, which is why we will dissect some of those myths here. Read on to learn more.

“Oral health is not related to overall health.”

Tooth and gum health impacts the entire body, so having oral health issues is very likely to cause issues in other parts of the body. In fact, having oral infections and tooth decay can contribute to preterm labor in pregnant women, heart disease, bronchitis, dementia, kidney disease, and more.

“Limiting sugar prevents tooth decay.”

Sugar is not the only substance that causes tooth decay, though it is usually the only one we hear about. The truth of the matter is that ALL food and drinks can contribute to tooth decay if proper dental health is not maintained. No matter what you eat, you’re likely to run into oral health problems if you don’t regularly brush and floss your teeth. Of course, eating a balanced diet does not hurt.

“Tooth sensitivity is caused by the loss of enamel.”

Tooth sensitivity is only a symptom of enamel loss, though the two are not always related. Experiencing tooth sensitivity can happen even if you have healthy enamel, and overactive nerves or other oral health issues are usually the culprits. If your teeth are sensitive to heat or cold, make an effort to see a dentist. Sometimes, the causes of tooth sensitivity are treatable or even curable.

“I don’t have cavities, so I’m not at risk of having gum disease.”

You can have cavities present with no gum disease or gum disease with no cavities. These two conditions are not mutually exclusive Many people who do not have cavities are caught by surprise when their dentist diagnoses them with gum disease, but it’s not an uncommon issue. To prevent both gum disease and cavities, it’s important to stay on top of your dental hygiene. This means brushing your teeth at least twice a day and flossing at least once!

 

“Poor oral hygiene is the leading cause of gum disease.”

While poor oral hygiene is one common cause of gum disease, it is not the only cause. Gum disease can develop due to smoking, diseases like diabetes, and poor eating habits. The disease can also be influenced by genetics.

 

 

Many oral health issues are preventable with regular oral care practices and visits to your dentist at least twice per year. Should you have any oral health concerns, it’s important to consult with a healthcare provider to prevent further issues from arising.

 

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