Five Dental Myths You Need to Know

by Jo-Ann Heslin, MA, RD, CDN on January 26, 2011 · 0 comments

Myth: Poor dental health has no effect on your unborn baby.

Truth: Pregnant women between 14 weeks and 4 months who are deficient in calcium, vitamin D, vitamin A and protein can have infants with poorly developed teeth. Lack of vitamins B6 and B12 during pregnancy increases the risk for cleft lip and palate.

Myth: All sugar is the same when it comes to teeth.

Truth: Sticky candy and large amounts of sweetened drinks are more likely to cause tooth decay that a piece of cake, because they stay in contact with your teeth for longer!

Myth: Losing baby teeth from tooth decay is OK.

Truth: Cavities in young children are often a sign of a poor diet. Decay in baby teeth can damage the crowns of permanent teeth developing below them. Finally, when baby teeth are lost too early, second teeth may come in crooked requiring braces later on.

Myth: Osteoporosis only effects the spine and hips.

Truth: Osteoporosis can cause bone thinning throughout the body. The jaw is the major bone in the face that holds teeth in place. Osteoporosis can cause tooth loss.

Myth: Older people rarely get cavities.

Truth: Receding gums can lead to root decay. Antidepressants, diuretics, antihistamines and sedatives all reduce saliva production increasing the risk for tooth decay. Type 2 diabetes increases the risk for gum disease, a major cause of tooth loss.

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