Oral care is very important if you’re interested in protecting your oral—or overall—health. Unfortunately, there are many dental myths that are widely accepted by the general public, which could lead to complications. To help you avoid some of these issues, our team is happy to reveal the truth behind these rumors.

One of these widely accepted myths tells you that your mouth is healthy, even if you do not have a single cavity. It is true that cavities tell you when you have tooth decay but this is not the only problem your mouth can face. For example, tartar build up or gum disease can happen without any cavities showing up.

Similarly, you may have heard that children get more cavities than adults do. In reality, in recent years, the number of cavities found in children has been reduced nearly 50%. However, children and adults are equally likely to get cavities if they don’t care for their mouths recently. Still. in recent years, cavities in senior citizens has been on the rise because their medication tends to dry out their mouths, leaving them more susceptible to decay.

Finally, have you ever been told that baby teeth aren’t important? Some parents think that because a baby’s tooth is going to fall out eventually there isn’t any reason to help their child care for their baby teeth. In reality, the roots of baby teeth help form adult teeth and hold a place for your adult teeth to occupy.

If you have any questions or concerns having to do with oral care we are happy to help. Our dentist, Dr. Sanjay Merchant, and our team will do everything we can to help. Just call Southridge Dental Group at 909-822-9090! We’re excited to hear from you.