Most of us have grown up hearing old wives’ tales or spent time scouring the internet for the latest dental advice, so it’s likely you’ve believed a myth or two about dental care. Here are a few common myths debunked:

Myth#1 : Brush your teeth immediately after eating.

Debunked: Actually, saliva is your mouth’s natural way to offset the acids in the foods you eat, so it’s better to wait 30 minutes.

Myth#2: Rinse your mouth out with water after brushing your teeth.

Debunked: Obviously, spit out any excess toothpaste, but you should not rinse out your mouth after brushing, because you’ll wash away a valuable layer of fluoride protection.

Myth#3: Sugar is the main culprit with cavities.

Debunked: In actuality, crackers and chips might be even worse for your teeth due to their starchiness. Carbohydrates, in general, have the sugars that break down the teeth and stick to your teeth!

Myth#4: If nothing is bothering you, you don’t need a check- up.

Debunked: With a lot of dental issues, you don’t feel the pain right away. If you wait until a cavity hurts to get it checked out, the problem is often worse and may lead to a root canal or an extraction.

Myth#5: Caring for your children’s baby teeth isn’t important because they are going to fall out.

Debunked: It is just as important to care for baby teeth as adult teeth. Baby teeth can decay and cause pain or even gum diseases or fall out too early if they aren’t cared for properly. It is also important to teach your children the fundamentals of proper oral hygiene when they are young to build the foundation for good lifelong habits.

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