Dental Myths Debunked!

Los Gatos Dentist

1. “It doesn’t matter what time of day I brush.”
Brushing at certain times of the day does have an impact on your oral heath. Brushing your
teeth at night prevents food particles from sitting on our teeth which contributes to tooth decay
over time. Brushing teeth in the morning fights bad breath and decay. It is recommended that
you brush right after consuming foods that are high in sugar and carbohydrates to prevent
cavities.

2. “Diet sodas are okay to drink because they don’t have sugar in them.”
The acid in diet soda eats away at enamel which can cause tooth sensitivity. Some people tend
to slowly sip their sodas throughout the day, which is actually more hazardous. The bacteria in
your mouth begins to work with the acid from the soda and attacks your enamel. Other
beverages like orange juice can cause similar damage. The best alternative is water, vegetable
juice and milk.

3. “You only need to go to the dentist if your teeth hurt.”
You might be aware of the saying “prevention is better than cure.” What is relatively less heard
of is that diagnosing and curing a tooth problem at an earlier stage is much easier and more
cost-effective than if it were to be addressed later. Altogether, prevention saves you both time
and money in the long-run.

4. “Oral health is not connected to the rest of the body.”
There are many correlations between your mouth and body. Tooth decay and periodontal
disease can cause bacteria to enter the bloodstream and cause other issues in your body.
Studies show there is a link between periodontal disease, heart disease, diabetes, cancer and
more.

Be Proactive About Your Dental Care
Dr. Rahimi in Los Gatos encourages you to seek preventative care to keep your teeth healthy.
Putting off regular dental check-ups will likely lead to problems. A little time dedicated to caring
for your teeth each day can save you time and money in the future.

If you’re experiencing problems or have questions about your oral health, request an
appointment by calling 408.374.3633 today!