The world of professional dentistry is always evolving. New discoveries in dental research are being made that could disprove what we thought we knew about dental care. Because of this, outdated theories have caused many people to be misinformed when it comes to maintaining a healthy mouth. Many dental patients are operating under assumptions that might not even be true! So at Sugarland Dental Spa outside of Houston Texas, we have taken the liberty of busting these three common dental myths.

Myth #1- Children are more likely to get cavities

This is one of the most commonly believed dental myths. Thanks to fluoride in tap water, and an emphasis on teaching proper dental care to children, the amount of tooth decay in children has been cut in half over the past 20 years. In fact, the tables are starting to turn. The amount of tooth decay and cavities appear to be increasing in adults while decay in children stay relatively low. According to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial research, the percent of children with untreated tooth decay is 20.48 percent in age group 2 to 5 years old, and 24.49  in ages 6 to 11 years old. However, the percent of adults ages 20-34 with untreated tooth decay is 27.88 percent. This is because older teeth have seen more wear and tear, making them more vulnerable to tooth decay.

Myth #2- A harder toothbrush is always better

A patient should pick a toothbrush that better fits the patient’s dental condition. It is recommended that those with sensitive teeth and gums use a softer toothbrush. The truth is a softer toothbrush can clean the teeth just as effectively as a hard toothbrush in normal conditions. A hard toothbrush can actually be worse than a soft one. Hard toothbrushes can scrape the gums, leaving them exposed to potential sores and infections. Additionally, a very hard toothbrush coupled with excessive brushing can harm the enamel that protects your teeth. To increase comfort and effectiveness, a patient should always know what to consider when choosing a toothbrush. To find out what kind of toothbrush is right for you, please consult with an experienced dentist.

Myth #3-It’s too late to get braces

False! While braces are more popular in younger patients, they are suitable for all ages. If you feel you need braces, age should not be a factor in your decision. It is never too late to achieve your perfect smile. Braces can correct bite function and improve the appearance of your teeth. There are lighter, thinner, and more cosmetically appealing options for braces if the ‘metal mouth myth’ is stopping you from getting braces.

Now with an expanded knowledge on oral health, you can avoid these dental myths and start enjoying a cleaner, healthier smile! To speak with a dentist about cavity prevention, toothbrush types, and braces, please contact the Sugarland Dental Spa in Sugarland, Texas!