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Busting Common Oral Health Myths


Are your teeth getting the care and respect they deserve? We’re willing to bet they’re a bit neglected. See if your at-home dental care fits any of these oral health myths.

MYTH: If I see the dentist twice a year, my teeth will be fine.
TRUTH: Two dental checkups a year are enough for many people, but not all. You should see a dentist more often if you:

  • Are expecting a baby
  • Smoke
  • Have a compromised immune system
  • Are susceptible to cavities
  • Have plaque buildup
  • Currently have gum disease

Doctors Brian Struby and Jamie Smith at South Meadows Dental & Orthodontics can help you develop a personalized schedule for regular checkups.

MYTH: Diet soda won’t harm my teeth.
TRUTH: While sugary drinks are bad for your teeth, sugar-free soda isn’t any better. Diet soda is very acidic and can damage the enamel of your teeth. That makes them more prone to cavities and decay.

MYTH: I don’t eat much sugar, so I don’t have to worry about tooth decay.
TRUTH: While sugar can lead to tooth decay, the main culprit is carbohydrates.

When you eat carbs, the acid from the bacteria that occurs naturally in your mouth combines with saliva to create plaque buildup on your teeth.

MYTH: I’m expecting a baby and shouldn’t have dental work done now.
TRUTH: The hormonal changes in your body during pregnancy can increase the risk of cavities, gum disease and infections. Be sure to tell us if you’re pregnant. And keep up with your schedule of regular dental checkups.

MYTH: Smoking will discolor my teeth, but it won’t cause dental problems.
TRUTH: Smokers are at greater risk of oral cancer. Additionally, smoking can cause more cavities and gum disease.

MYTH: My parents both needed dentures when they were in their 50s. So I probably will, too.
TRUTH: It’s true that you may inherit a predisposition to gum disease and tooth decay from your parents. But that doesn’t mean you’ll lose your teeth.

With regular dental care, a healthy diet and excellent oral hygiene, your teeth could last for life.

Ask us about dental sealants, too. While they’re most often used for children, they can also help cavity-prone adults.

MYTH: Whitening will damage my teeth
TRUTH: Done incorrectly or with the wrong product, yes, whitening can damage the enamel of your teeth. For the best and safest results, whitening should be done by a dentist.

At South Meadows Dental & Orthodontics, we use both the Opalescence and Opalescence Boost whitening systems. Ask us how they work and whether you’re a good candidate for whitening. If you’re not, there are other ways we can help you create a beautiful smile.

MYTH: I hate my crooked teeth, but braces are just for kids.
TRUTH: You’re never too old for braces! Straight teeth do more than enhance your smile. They’re easier to keep clean, reducing your risk of cavities, gum disease, and bone loss.

Our orthodontist, Dr. Meagan Struby, is board certified in orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics. She uses both the Damon and Invisalign systems.

Talk with her about your options for finally having correctly aligned teeth.

To learn more about busting oral health myths, contact us. We’re always here to help.

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