Busting Myths About Your Oral Health

Busting Myths About Your Oral Health

With so many recommendations on the internet about oral health, it’s hard to separate fact from fiction. Keep reading as we discuss some of the common myths about oral health.

Myth: Bloody gums are nothing to worry about.

Red and bloody gums are among the first signs of gingivitis, so bleeding gums are something to be concerned about. Proper brushing and flossing—and additional dental cleanings—are important to help decrease and eventually stop the bleeding. The goal is to prevent gingivitis from developing into more severe stages of gum disease. This is especially important for pregnant women, because gum disease can affect both the health of mom and baby. 

Myth: It’s okay to skip a few dental cleanings.  

Preventive appointments are not just for cleanings and X-rays. Regular check-ups help your dental hygienist and dentist catch issues early and treat them before they turn into emergencies. Also, waiting to see a dentist until an emergency strikes means that you may need to be seen by a dentist who is not aware of your dental history. 

Myth: Gum disease is rare.

Gum disease is much more common than you may realize. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that almost half of all adults show signs of gum disease and at least 9% of adults have severe gum disease. Untreated periodontal disease can lead to costlier, extensive treatment. Regular cleanings are vital to preventing gum disease. 

Myth: Cavities in baby teeth aren’t as serious as adult cavities. 

Many people believe that cavities in your child’s baby teeth aren’t anything to worry about because they’re going to fall out anyhow. The truth is cavities in baby teeth can impact the development of the permanent teeth growing beneath them. Teaching your child proper brushing and flossing, as well as keeping a schedule of regular dental visits, is essential for instilling good oral hygiene that will continue as they get older. This strong foundation of oral care will also reduce the chances of additional cavities in their adult teeth. 

If you’re ready to improve your oral health, John R. Carson, DDS can help. Contact our dental office in Tucson, call (520) 514-7203.