Don’t Buy Into These Myths About Oral Health; Our Santa Monica Dentists Explain

by Dr. Follette

With all of the information, and frankly misinformation, available on the internet, it can be hard to know which tips and tricks are useful, and which are misleading. That is why our Santa Monica dentists are here to debunk some common myths about dentistry and oral health. We have found that when our patients are armed with accurate, up-to-date information, they are better able to care for their smiles effectively!

Myth 1: Gum bleeding is unavoidable

If you notice that your gum tissue is bleeding when you brush, floss, or eat abrasive things, you want to pay attention to what your body is trying to tell you. Bleeding gum tissue often indicates that your gums are infected with oral bacteria. The good news is that these types of infections are usually easily treatable in their earliest stages. So, there is no need to panic! But, you definitely want to talk to your dental team about steps you can take to strengthen your gum tissue and kill bacteria.

Myth 2: Sugar causes cavities

In the strictest sense, it is untrue that cavities are caused by sugary treats. Cavities, as well as gum disease, are actually caused by harmful oral bacteria. However, these bacteria need fuel to flourish, and, you guessed it, they use sugars and refined carbohydrates as fuel. When you are consuming a lot of sugar, you are essentially turning your mouth into an ideal environment for bacteria to multiply and spread.

However, it is also important to know that acidic substances can likewise ramp-up bacteria production. You don’t want to only focus on minimizing sugar consumption, at the risk of ignoring equally important oral health threats.

If you are ready to learn more about caring for your smile, our Santa Monica dentists are here to help. Give us a call to schedule a consultation—we look forward to speaking with you!