Top Myths and Facts About Oral Health

Old wives tales, magazines, TV commercials, it seems everywhere you turn there is a new tip or trick for maintaining oral health. To follow are 15 of the most common myths and facts about oral health to help make sure that you are taking the best care of your beautiful smile.


  1. Sugar is the main cause of cavities.  This is true and false at the same time. Acids that lead to the birth of bacteria are what cause cavities. Any sugars or carbs ingested begin this process.
  2. Children get more cavities than adults. False! Because fluoride is added to tap water, children develop cavities at a lesser rate than adults.
  3. Holding aspirin on a tooth will get rid of a toothache. This practice is entirely false and can lead to more harm than good.
  4. Fillings have to be replaced later in life.
  5. You can always tells when you have a cavity, may be true for some but most cavities go undetected until they are causing a bigger problem. This is why routine oral exams are important.
  6. Grinding your teeth in your sleep causes cavities. While this isn't true, grinding and clenching your teeth is terrible for your oral health. If you grind your teeth in your sleep talk to a dentist about a mouth guard.


  1. Acid  which grows bacteria causes tooth decay, not just sweets.
  2. Once a cavity is filled, the decaying process stops.
  3. Cavities are more likely between teeth than on the top or side of an individual tooth, this is why flossing is so important.

Worried About Your Oral Health? Call Dr. Sands for Your Preventative Dentistry Needs.

Dr. Sands' office is conveniently located in Beverly Hills. To schedule an appointment, please call 310-273-0111 or contact us for more information.

Category: General Dentistry

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