Debunking Common Dental Myths
Our goal is to help our patients achieve and maintain optimal oral health throughout their lifetime. Unfortunately, there are always some myths circulating that are not true and can be harmful to your oral health if you believe them. We want to share three common myths:
Myth #1 Diet sodas are fine to drink
While diet soda is better to drink than regular soda, it can still harm your oral health. The carbonation in soda can cause the enamel of the teeth to wear down. This can lead to problems with tooth sensitivity and can make it easier for decay to develop. People who drink seltzers can experience the same problems. Dark diet sodas can also stain teeth. It is best to enjoy diet soda in moderation.
Myth #2 There is no need to care for baby teeth
Even though baby teeth will eventually fall out, it is still possible for them to develop cavities. According to the CDC, more than half of children between the ages of 6 and 8 have experienced a cavity in one of their baby teeth. Be sure to help your child brush their teeth to ensure they are brushing each tooth. It is also best to limit sticky and sugary foods to prevent cavities in baby teeth.
Myth #3 It doesn’t matter what time of day you brush your teeth
The time of day does matter when you brush your teeth. It is extremely important that you brush your teeth before bed. Brushing and flossing before bed helps to rid the mouth of all food and bacteria that have been building up throughout the day. If you brush too early and then eat again before bed, the bacteria that lingers on and between the teeth can cause decay.
If you or a loved one is in need of an oral hygiene examination, contact our office, which is located in Burton, MI, to schedule an appointment. Most dental insurance plans expire on December 31st, so now is the perfect time to use your remaining benefits. We look forward to seeing you soon!