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Have you ever heard a dental myth? In reality, there are a number of things you may have heard which may not be completely accurate. While this may not seem like a serious issue, did you know that accepting some of these myths could lead to serious problems? Fortunately, by learning the truth of these myths, you might be able to avoid these problems.

For example, you may have heard that sugar can cause cavities. You see, sugar can play a role in tooth decay, but cavities are actually caused by plaque buildup on your teeth and bad bacteria eating away at your enamel. Sugar can create an environment where bad bacteria can thrive, but it is not the cause of cavities.

Similarly, you may have heard that gum disease isn’t very common. Unfortunately, gum disease is fairly common, and many Americans may not recognize the issue. In fact, nearly 47% of adults over the age of 30 have some sort of gum disease.

Finally, have you ever been told that pregnant women shouldn’t worry about bleeding gums? In reality, this myth is dangerous. Bleeding gums could be an indicator of an infection in your mouth. If this isn’t treated, your health could suffer. This issue has even been linked to pregnancy problems and to preterm labor.

If you’re interested in learning more about these issues, or worry about the truth of other claims you’ve heard, we invite you to contact Today's Dental Care by calling us at 208-324-8861. We’ll be happy to answer any questions you have and offer you personalized advice. Dr. Don Wyatt and our team look forward to hearing from you soon!