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At some point in your lifetime, you’ve probably been told that brushing and flossing your teeth are extremely important. While this is true, would you be surprised to learn that a number of things you’ve heard that may not be accurate? In reality, there are a number of myths you might have heard—and could have even accepted as truth.

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.

Similarly, you may have heard that gum disease isn’t very common. Unfortunately, gum disease is fairly common, and many Americans may not recognize the issue. In fact, nearly 47% of adults over the age of 30 have some sort of gum disease.

Finally, have you ever been told that pregnant women 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 Cindy Walker, DMD, PA by calling us at (919) 773-0004. We’ll be happy to answer any questions you have and offer you personalized advice. Dr. and our team look forward to hearing from you soon!