Many people don’t realize the connection between oral health and overall health. The mouth serves as a window into a person’s health, but there is much confusion about how oral care affects a person’s wellbeing. Here are some of the most common myths about oral hygiene:

Tooth Decay is Mainly Caused by Sugar

Contrary to popular belief, sugar is not the leading cause of tooth decay. Acids from naturally occurring bacteria in the mouth combine with your saliva, resulting in plaque buildup on your teeth that needs to be removed daily. That plaque is what is responsible for tooth decay, and happens most often during the consumption of carbohydrates.

Silver Fillings Pose No Health Risks

Over half of all silver fillings contain mercury, and over time, that mercury can leech out into the mouth and into the body. Mercury has been linked to a number of illnesses, and fillings containing the potentially dangerous element should be replaced or avoided all together. People with silver fillings who have a habit of grinding their teeth, drinking carbonated beverages, or chewing gum often may be more prone to this effect than others.

Gum Disease is Uncommon

Not only is gum disease more common than many think, a study conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that nearly 50% of all adults over the age of 30 have some form of gum disease. Additionally, as we age, we are naturally more susceptible to infection, including those of the gums. 64% of adults over 65 have moderate to severe gum disease.

Diabetes Means Gum Disease

Many people deal with diabetes every single day, and it affects how the body processes sugar, often leading to issues in the heart, kidneys, eyes, and nerves. Poor blood sugar regulation makes it difficult to control gum disease, but it does not directly cause gum infections.

The best way to avoid mouth issues is to make oral hygiene a priority in your life. Regular brushing, flossing, and trips to your dentist for checkups and cleanings are a must.

Your local dentist, Eddie C. Orobitg, DMD, offers more than two decades of experience to resident in Leesburg, Fl and surrounding communities in Lake and Sumter County. He brings a warm and caring approach to the profession to minimize pain and ensure you understand what each procedure entails. For more information about caring for your teeth, or to schedule an appointment, contact Eddie Orobitg Dentistry at 352-702-4147 today.