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Social Media Makes It Easy for Oral Health Myths to Persist

August 17, 2018
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Posted By: Dr. Sunny Mojahed
Social Media | Dentist Allentown PA

There is no doubt that social media has changed the way we share information, and we have to be careful about believing everything we read. The adage “just because it’s on the Internet doesn’t mean it’s true” pertains to every topic—and that includes oral health.

Before you believe whatever you read on Facebook or Twitter, it’s always a good idea to check with your dentist. Evolve Dental Care is known as a top dentist in the Emmaus area, and you can count on our dentists to help you cut through the clutter of myth versus reality.

Myth #1—Only Sugar Causes Tooth Decay

Yes, eating too many sugary snacks and drinking too many sugary beverages will make you more susceptible to tooth decay, but there are other risks as well. Starchy foods that are heavy on carbohydrates can also cause tooth decay. So can ignoring your oral health by not brushing and flossing regularly. Genetics can also make you more prone to developing cavities.

Myth #2—White Teeth Are Healthy Teeth

Everyone likes the look of white teeth, but this does not indicate that they are healthy teeth. Teeth come in many different shades, and they naturally darken as we age. Some people have whiter teeth because of genetics, but this doesn’t mean gum disease isn’t lurking below the surface. The only way to know your teeth are healthy is to visit your dentist regularly.

Myth #3—Braces Are Just for Kids

Although in the past it was more common to see braces on children and teens, this is no longer the case. Plenty of adults, who may have missed the opportunity for orthodontics when they were younger, are now sporting a mouth full of metal brackets and wires. There are also invisible braces options so adults can straighten their teeth without announcing it to the world. The fact is that it is never too late to have straight, beautiful teeth.

Don’t let myths about oral health dictate the way you take care of your teeth. Visit a top dentist in Emmaus such as Evolve Dental Care and make sure these myths are busted. Call us today to make an appointment!

 

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