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Oral Facts vs. Oral Fiction

Between word-of-mouth and the speed at which information travels across the Internet, there are a plethora of myths and rumors floating around that make it difficult for patients to figure out what’s true and what’s nothing more than a myth when it comes to your dental care.

Here, your family dentist in Irvington NJ aims to break down a few of the common myths and see if they have any weight behind them.

  1. Everyone will need dentures at some point in their lives…

This is not true at all. Today, it is estimated that about 75% of people over the age of 65 have kept at least some, if not all their teeth. Researchers credit this to better advancements in preventative measures such as community water fluoridation and brushing daily with a fluoride toothpaste. Aside from that, the advances in the dental field are making it easier for your dentist to save your teeth. So, to bust the myth, with daily brushing, flossing, and proper oral care, you should be able to keep your natural teeth for your entire life.

  1. Calcium from food or from supplements is the same…

Again, this is nothing but a myth. Calcium is especially important as we age to prevent issues like osteoporosis and bone loss. These conditions can happen in the jaw, which in turn can lead to loose teeth. In a recent study, people who took calcium supplements were more than twice as likely to a heart attack as those who did not take supplements. The recommended intake for most adults is about 1,000mgs per day, and preferably from foods such as dairy products like milk, cheese, and yogurt.

  1. Dry mouth will cause cavities…

This one is not a myth. Dry mouth puts your tooth at the risk of your enamel drying out and tooth decay setting in. Certain medications prescribed for adults can cause dry mouth, which is one important reason as to why you should discuss this with your family dentist in Irvington NJ.

  1. Manual toothbrushes clean just as effectively as electric toothbrushes…

This is a fact. If you take care of your teeth and brush at least twice per day, it doesn’t matter if you use a manual or electric toothbrush. However, for some who have limited movement in the shoulders or hands, they might not be able to clean as thoroughly. So, for some, an electric toothbrush might be the better choice to help get those harder to reach places.

If you’re looking to bust more dental myths that you come across, don’t hesitate to ask Dr. Jones during your consultation. Call our office today at (862) 245-1944.

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