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Oral care is very important if you’re interested in protecting your oral—or overall—health. Unfortunately, there are many dental myths that are widely accepted by the general public, which could lead to complications. To help you avoid some of these issues, our team is happy to reveal the truth behind these rumors.

One common myth you may have heard is that your mouth is healthy if you don’t have cavities. While cavities are an indicator of tooth decay, you could be facing a variety of issues regardless of whether you have cavities. For instance, you could be dealing with other common problems, such as a tartar build up or gum disease—which could be prevented with proper brushing and flossing.

Another myth concludes that children get more cavities than adults do. However, in recent studies, the number of cavities that are found in children has actually been reduced by 50%. This is partially due to the addition of fluoride most tap water. Children still can get cavities and their oral care—including their teeth—should still be regularly cared for.

Finally, have you ever been told that baby teeth aren’t important? Some parents think that because a baby’s tooth is going to fall out eventually there isn’t any reason to help their child care for their baby teeth. In reality, the roots of baby teeth help form adult teeth and hold a place for your adult teeth to occupy.

If you have any questions or concerns having to do with oral care we are happy to help. Our dentist, Dr. Jose-Luis Ruiz, and our team will do everything we can to help. Just call Dr. Jose-Luis Ruiz at 818-641-5577! We’re excited to hear from you.