When it comes to cavities

The real deal: When you think of cavities, you might think of lollipops and other sweet and sticky treats. But crackers and chips might be even worse for your teeth, says Ferraz-Dougherty. “It has to do with the starchiness,” she explains. “It’s carbohydrates in general — they have the sugars that break down the teeth, but they also really stick to your teeth.”

Myth: If you have sensitive teeth, it means you have worn away too much of the enamel on your teeth.

The real deal: Sensitivity is a key symptom of the loss of enamel, the hard protective layer on the outside of your teeth. But it can be caused by other factors as well, such as gum recession, or even the use of whitening toothpastes dental implant machine. “The hydrogen peroxide [used for whitening] can penetrate to remove stains,” Ferraz-Dougherty says, “And it penetrates through the enamel into the layer beneath, which is the more sensitive part of the tooth.” The good news: If your sensitivity is caused by teeth whitening, switching to a more gentle toothpaste can help improve symptoms.

Myth: Gum disease is only a problem for your mouth.

The real deal: Your dentist might be the first one to notice it, but if you have gum disease you’re more likely to have health issues such as diabetes and hypertension, as well as certain types of cancers that are related to chronic inflammation, says Ferraz-Dougherty.

Myth: The whiter your teeth are, the healthier they are.

The real deal: This can be true but not always. “Our teeth are naturally white,” says Ferraz-Dougherty water picker. And many of the things that cause our teeth to get darker or become yellow are unhealthy, like smoking.

But there are also plenty of things that can darken the color of our teeth that aren’t necessarily unhealthy, such as medication, stains from foods and drinks, or just the natural process of aging.

Myth: If nothing is bothering you, you don’t need a dental checkup.

The real deal: “This is one of the biggest misconceptions,” says Ferraz-Dougherty. “With a lot of dental issues, you don’t necessarily feel pain right away. I have to explain to patients and educate them that with cavities and gum disease you don’t always feel it.” The problem is once the symptoms appear, it’s often a bigger issue. If you wait until a cavity hurts to get it checked out, you could end up needing a root canal or an extraction that could have been prevented with regular checkups.

“The point of going to the dentist is so we can prevent things happening to the teeth to protect them and notice things before they become an issue,” says Ferraz-Dougherty scian nebulizer.

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