Dental Care: Myths and Facts

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Oral care is very important if you’re interested in protecting your oral—or overall—health. Unfortunately, there are many dental myths that are widely accepted by the general public, which could lead to complications. To help you avoid some of these issues, our team is happy to reveal the truth behind these rumors.

One common myth you may have heard is that your mouth is healthy if you don’t have cavities. While cavities are an indicator of tooth decay, you could be facing a variety of issues regardless of whether you have cavities. For instance, you could be dealing with other common problems, such as a tartar build up or gum disease—which could be prevented with proper brushing and flossing.

Similarly, you may have heard that children get more cavities than adults do. In reality, in recent years, the number of cavities found in children has been reduced nearly 50%. However, children and adults are equally likely to get cavities if they don’t care for their mouths recently. Still. in recent years, cavities in senior citizens has been on the rise because their medication tends to dry out their mouths, leaving them more susceptible to decay.

Lastly, have you heard that baby teeth are not important? Do you wonder how important caring for their teeth is? Unfortunately this is another myth that is widely accepted. If your baby teeth are not properly brushed and flossed, it can actually affect the adult teeth that come later.

If you have any questions or concerns having to do with oral care we are happy to help. Our dentist, Dr. Alex Abernathy, and our team will do everything we can to help. Just call Lakeland Dental Care at 601-981-8166! We’re excited to hear from you.