Dental myths can create unnecessary fear, and it can be a relief to find out the truth. In any field, myths and false information can circulate. We hope to ease your mind by debunking some common dental myths.

Here are some common myths about dental health, posted by Colgate:

Eating sugar is the main cause of tooth decay

The primary cause of tooth decay comes from acids. When acids interact with saliva, they can create plaque and plaque build up on the teeth is what leads to tooth decay. Eating carbohydrates ties into the production of plaque but the chemical reaction causing plaque is the main cause of tooth decay.

Gum disease is an uncommon dental condition

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that out of the age group of people who are 30 or older, an estimated 47 percent have some stage of gum disease. Aging people become more prone to infections of all kinds, including gum infections. Out of the age group of people who are 65 or older, approximately 64 percent experience either moderate or severe gum disease.

Bad breath means you have gum disease

Gum disease isn’t the only cause of bad breath. Bad breath can be a sign of gum disease, but your dentist can determine whether that is why you have bad breath. Other causes of bad breath include bowel obstruction, acid reflux or a type of digestive problem, which explains the common term “stomach breath.”

Pregnant women should not be concerned if their gums are bloody

The American Dental Association (ADA) has a name for bloody gums during pregnancy and calls it “pregnancy gingivitis.” Not all women experience pregnancy gingivitis, however. Pregnant women who experience this condition should ensure they brush their teeth twice daily and floss. They also should consult with their dentists about having dental cleanings, which can help them get rid of the bleeding gums.

Do You Have Questions About Dental Health or Other Dental Myths to Dispel?

If you’re wondering about dental care, our dentists at Hutto Hippo Family Dentalcan provide explanations and options for treatment.