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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 common myth you may have heard is that your mouth is healthy if you don’t have cavities. While cavities are an indicator of tooth decay, you could be facing a variety of issues regardless of whether you have cavities. For instance, you could be dealing with other common problems, such as a tartar build up or gum disease—which could be prevented with proper brushing and flossing.

Another myth that is widely accepted is that children get more cavities than adults. The truth is actually the opposite. Since fluoride has been introduced to the water in most cities, cavities in children have gone down by 50%. Conversely, adults have been getting more cavities because of medications that cause dry mouth, which can lead to more tooth 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. John Wiltz, and our team will do everything we can to help. Just call Irish Road Dental at 810.653.4100! We’re excited to hear from you.