Dental myths debunked

Don’t let dental myths steer you away from proper oral care practices. Your smile deserves to be taken care of, and this includes having strong dental hygiene knowledge. In this blog, we debunk and correct a few of the most common dental myths. 

Myth: Baby teeth aren’t important

Baby teeth play a crucial role in a child’s oral health and development. They help children chew food, speak clearly and maintain proper spacing for permanent teeth. Premature loss of baby teeth due to decay or injury can lead to alignment issues and affect the eruption of permanent teeth. This is why it’s important to care just as diligently for baby teeth as permanent teeth.

Myth: Sugar is the sole cause of cavities

While sugar does play a role in cavity formation, it’s not the sole culprit. Cavities result from a combination of factors, including bacteria in the mouth, poor oral hygiene, acidic foods and drinks, and frequent snacking. Limiting sugar intake and maintaining good oral hygiene practices are essential for cavity prevention, but it’s also crucial to consider overall diet and oral care habits.

Myth: Brushing harder cleans better

Brushing harder does not equate to better cleaning; in fact, it can be harmful to your teeth and gums. Aggressive brushing can erode tooth enamel, leading to tooth sensitivity and gum recession. Instead, use a soft-bristled toothbrush and gentle, circular motions to clean your smile. 

Myth: Only visit the dentist when in pain

Waiting until you experience pain or discomfort to visit the dentist can result in more extensive and costly dental problems. Regular dental check-ups and cleanings are essential for preventing oral health issues and catching problems early when they’re easier to treat.

If it’s been a while since you’ve visited the dentist, give Jackson Dental a call at (573) 243-5200 or visit us at 3100 E on Jackson Blvd to set up an appointment.