Misinformation about dental health is no laughing matter, so this April Fool’s Day we decided to put on our myth-busting scrubs to tackle some common dental misconceptions.

It’s trick or be tricked on April 1st, so make sure you’re not the latter by reading on.

Myth 1: Dental Health is Unrelated to General Health

Unfortunately, your dental problems don’t end in your mouth. Your overall health can be severely impacted by your oral health.

Studies have shown that diseases like tooth decay and gum disease (or periodontitis) can lead to other health issues like heart disease, respiratory infections, diabetes, and more.

Myth 2: Losing Teeth is Genetic 

Tooth loss is one thing you cannot get from your mama. 

Dental health is about  ‘what you put in, you get out.’ So, if your parents have lost their teeth at a young age, it doesn’t mean your fate is sealed.

If you brush twice a day, floss at least once daily, and visit your dentist regularly, you’ll set a new standard in your family.

Myth 3: If Your Gums Bleed while Flossing, You Shouldn’t Floss

If you floss once in a blue moon, your gums may bleed. You probably thought, “Well this just isn’t for me then.”

The truth is, the less you floss, the more likely your gums will bleed. This is because your gums become inflamed due to the plaque build-up from not flossing. 

Time to kick your bad habits and floss every day.

Myth 4: Crowns and Fillings Cannot Decay 

Some may think dental crowns or fillings, mean they’ll never have to deal with tooth loss again. But crowns and fillings can’t protect your teeth from decay. Cavities will remain your teeth’s enemy.

Keep up your oral hygiene routine after you get crowns or fillings.

Myth 5: Only Visit The Dentist If Your Teeth Hurt 

The dentist isn’t there only to solve your problems. When caring for your teeth, it’s not about troubleshooting existing issues, but rather taking preventative measures to ensure there are no problems in the future.

Visit your dentist every 6 months to ensure you catch any issues early.

Believing these myths will not only make you look like the fool on April 1st, it will harm your oral health in the long run. We hope we’ve armed you with enough knowledge to help you separate fact from fiction.

Feel like being proactive about your oral health? Schedule your appointment now to get a dental check-up.

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