Common Myths About Oral Health

Dentists near Damascus are intent on communicating to children and parents how important oral health is. Practitioners of family dentistry may treat patients as young as one year old, because that is when an oral care routine should begin for a child. Without a strong oral care routine, and lack of information, parents may become susceptible to these common myths found in the attached video:

  • Flossing is unnecessary, if teeth are brushed. This is a dangerous myth, because flossing removes plaque and food from in between the teeth and gums. Flossing prevents gum disease, which can be a painful condition.
  • Babies and young children do not need a dentist because baby teeth are unimportant. Baby teeth begin the foundation of the adult teeth, making their health very important.
  • Cavities only form on the seeable surface of the teeth. Cavities can form wherever there is bacteria, which is found everywhere on the tooth’s surface.