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There are many commonly held beliefs about oral health that have little to no evidence that supports them. It is important to be familiar with these myths and why they are wrong in order to be able to be more informed and therefore enabled to care for your teeth better.

Some of the more common myths and why they are incorrect are:

– Tooth Decay is Principally Caused by Sugar: Sugar is a factor when it comes to tooth decay, but it most certainly is not the main perpetrator, especially when it comes to adult teeth. Eating carbohydrates is one of the main contributors to plaque buildup caused by acid producing bacteria in the mouth.

– Filings made of Silver are Harmless: More than half of all silver fillings are made with mercury, which is dangerous because it can leach out into the mouth over time and cause a myriad of health problems. Fillings that contain mercury should be replaced as soon as possible. Drinking lots of hot or carbonated beverages, or even chewing gum can intensify mercury leeching from silver fillings.

– Gum Disease Is Not Very Common: The belief that gum disease is not very common probably stems from the fact that many people who have gum disease have varying degrees of it. For many, it is only severe and advanced forms of gum disease that are concerning. The CDC indicated that 47 percent of adults that are 30 and over have some form of gum disease. As we age, we become more susceptible to different types of gum disease and infections.

These are just some of many myths about oral health. If you have any questions or concerns about other commonly held beliefs about oral health your dentist, Dr. Konopka is here to help. At Ronald F. Konopka, D.D.S. in St. Clair Shores, Michigan, we are dedicated to helping you understand what is true and what is not when it comes to your teeth. Call at 586-296-1140 to schedule an oral exam and better understand the state of your oral health today.