Your oral health care routine plays a vital role in your health and well-being. Here at Grants Pass Family Dental, a Dentist in Grants Pass OR, We care about your health.
Many patients come in and share with us many health realated questions and we often tell them it is just a myth. Here is a list of the most popular oral health care myths busted.
Myth 1: Children get more cavities than adults.
Although children do get cavities, adults can get just as many if not more. If you have one or more of your natural teeth, you can still develop cavities. Many people don’t realize that cavities are more common as you grow older because as we age our gums tend to pull away from the base of the teeth, leaving the roots more exposed.
Myth 2: Once you get false teeth you do not have to see a dentist anymore.
Even if you have one or more false teeth or dentures, it is important to still clean them and continues to visit your dentist on a regular basis.
Myth 3: Overall health does not depend on our oral health.
The truth is you mouth is connected to the rest of your body. So what you put in your mouth will have an impact on your oral health. If you don’t take care of your mouth then dental bacterial byproducts could get into your blood stream and this might result in heart diseases or other series health conditions.
Myth 4: When you are pregnant you don’t need to see the dentist for a checkup.
Dental health is part of your overall health and it has an impact on the health of baby that is soon to be born. Dental diseased during a pregnancy could cause series health issues. It could raise the chances of having a premature, or an under-weight baby.
Myth 5: As we age, tooth loss is inevitable.
This is not true. Over 40 years ago, more then 50% Americans above 65 were totally toothless. But with dental advances, changes in diet and nutrition and over all education, many people are smiling bright with their full set of natural teeth.
Myth 6: Floss your teeth after you brush.
The big floss debate has many patients concerned about when and how to floss. Many people floss after they brush their teeth, but we suggest flossing before. This can remove all of the food particles then you clean your teeth to brush away. Bottom line if you floss then you are still in better shape then people who choose not to floss their teeth.