Oral health is often associated with overall health, which is why it’s so important to separate fact from fiction when it comes to your teeth. Below are some of the most popular misconceptions and what you should know to set the record straight.

Myth 1: The whiter your teeth, the healthier they are.

Even though most of us want a brighter smile, having sparkling teeth doesn’t necessarily mean a healthier set of pearly whites as cavities or infections can still occur no matter the shade.

Myth 2: Sugar is the top cause of tooth decay.

Most of us have heard for years that sugar can rot your teeth, but that’s really only half true. The real issue with eating too much sugar is the bacteria that forms in your mouth as the breakdown of sucrose occurs. As bacteria forms, it’s not the sugar itself that causes tooth decay—it’s the bacteria in your mouth that feeds on sugar as its energy source to build and spread. This is why it’s so important to brush your teeth after consuming sugary foods or drinks.

Myth 3: Mouthwash containing alcohol is best.

Different types of mouthwash are ideal for different patients, and there isn’t a “one size fits all” model that can be applied to them. If you’re wondering what type of mouthwash is best for your oral health, we’d be happy to give you some tips.

Myth 4: Brushing beats flossing.

Even if you remember to brush your teeth twice each day, it’s not an excuse to skip flossing. If you do, you’re missing 30% of the surface of your teeth that won’t be cleaned as floss can get to areas of your teeth and gums that brushes can’t reach.

Have more questions for us about what you can do to improve your dental health? Ask us at your next appointment—call to schedule today!

Source: American Dental Association