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Dentists often find themselves addressing various dental myths that patients and their families believe. Here are five common myths and what your dentist wants you to know about each:

Myth: “If my teeth look and feel fine, I don’t need to see a dentist.”

Reality: Regular dental check-ups are crucial, even if your teeth appear healthy. Dentists can detect and prevent early signs of problems, such as cavities, infection, or, gum disease, which may not be noticeable to an untrained eye.

Myth: “Whitening toothpaste can fix all teeth discoloration.”

Reality: Whitening toothpaste can remove surface stains, but it cannot change the natural color of your teeth or address deeper discoloration. Professional teeth whitening procedures or other cosmetic dentistry options are more effective for significant results.

Myth: “Baby teeth aren’t important because they eventually fall out.”

Reality: Baby teeth, also known as primary teeth, play a crucial role in a child’s dental development. They help with speech development, chewing, and reserve space for permanent teeth. Neglecting oral care for baby teeth can lead to dental issues and affect the alignment of permanent teeth.

Myth: “If my gums bleed, I should avoid brushing or flossing.”

Reality: Avoiding oral hygiene practices will only worsen a condition. Regular brushing, flossing, and visiting the dentist can help prevent and treat gum disease. If you experience persistent bleeding gums, it’s important to consult a dentist to address any deeper issues.

Myth: “Sugar is the sole cause of cavities.”

Reality: While sugar consumption is a contributing factor to tooth decay, cavities result from a combination of factors, including bacteria in the mouth, poor oral hygiene, acidic foods, and drinks. Maintaining a well-balanced diet, practicing good oral hygiene, and visiting the dentist regularly are essential for cavity prevention.


It’s important to consult with your dentist to get accurate information and guidance regarding your dental health and to dispel any myths or misconceptions you may have. If you and your family are ready to start your journey toward healthier smiles, visit us at Modern Mint Dental Care by calling 720-853-0350, emailing [email protected], or book online.