You probably know that there are a number of things you should do if you’re interested in keeping your teeth healthy. For instance, you probably know that you should brush and floss your teeth. However, would you be surprised to learn you may have been told a few things that aren’t completely true?
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.
You may have also heard that most people shouldn’t worry too much about gum disease because it’s fairly uncommon. Sadly, gum disease can lead to serious problems which should be avoided, but did you know that about 47% of Americans adults actually have some type of gum disease? Luckily, you can avoid these issues by visiting our team for regular checkups.
Finally, have you ever been told that pregnant woman 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 Scott A. Young, DDS by calling us at 704-541-5900. We’ll be happy to answer any questions you have and offer you personalized advice. Dr. Scott A. Young and our team look forward to hearing from you soon!