Do you think that if your teeth don't hurt, there's no need to see a dentist? Or that simply brushing your teeth is enough? Fact or fiction? Let's debunk 5 myths about dental care!

Top 5 Dental Myths vs. Facts

Even if we are aware of the long-term benefits, most of us dislike going to the dentist.

There are many myths about oral health throughout our society.

Let’s debunk the 5 most common myths about dental care:

Myth 1: Sugar Causes Cavity

Sugar cause cavities | 5 Myths About Oral Health

We're all aware that sugar is bad for our teeth. Does it, however, cause cavities?

According to the experts, no. [1]

The real issue here is:

✅how long they remain on your teeth before you brush them &

❎not how many sugary foods you eat.

The plaque bacteria, when reacts with sugary substances, releases acids, which leads to tooth decay.

⭐To reduce acid and plaque build-up, dentists recommend rinsing and brushing after meals. [2]

Myth 2: If My Teeth Don’t Hurt, I Don’t Need To See a Dentist

Toothache | 5 Myths About Oral Health

A common misconception is that if you don't have a toothache, you don't need dental check-ups. [3]

Many people do not seek treatment until they have symptoms such as:

  • jaw pain or
  • bleeding gums.

Prevention can help you save your time and money in the long run.

Here’s the harsh reality: delaying dental visits leads to costly and complicated treatments.

⭐Routine dental cleanings and exams twice a year are best for teeth and health.

Myth 3: Baby Teeth Need No Special Care

Baby Teeth | 5 Myths About Oral Health

Baby teeth are just as important as adult teeth.

They allow permanent teeth to:

  • grow properly and
  • line up beneath the gums.

Infant teeth, even just one or two, are highly susceptible to cavities

Cavities in baby teeth can lead to premature tooth loss and can create gaps.

Early Childhood Caries (ECC) is tooth decay affecting over 23% children in the USA. [4]

ECC occurs when sugars linger in an infant’s mouth, from:

  • breastmilk or
  • other sources of nutrition.
⭐Thus, brushing, flossing, and regular dental check-ups have the most impact on a child’s smile. [5]

Myth 4: My Oral Health Has No Effect on My Overall Health

Oral Hygiene | 5 Myths About Oral Health

You will be surprised to learn that your oral health has a significant impact on your overall health. [6]

Poor hygiene can increase your body's risk of disease, [7] resulting in

  • endocarditis,
  • pregnancy problems, and
  • respiratory diseases.
⭐Maintaining good dental care keeps bacteria under control.

Myth 5: Brushing Vigorously Will Make My Teeth Cleaner and Whiter

How to brush your teeth | 5 Myths About Oral Health

Brushing your teeth too hard in the hope of making them whiter and cleaner is counterproductive.

Brushing too vigorously can damage your:

  • tooth enamel and
  • gum tissue. [8]

It does not make the teeth cleaner, instead causes severe tooth sensitivity to hot and cold foods.

⭐Brushing gently for two minutes twice daily with a soft-bristled toothbrush is recommended by the ADA. [9]


Don’t let myths about oral health fool you into neglecting regular check-ups.

Not only can it lead to serious complications, but it can also cost you a lot of,

  • money and
  • time in the long run.

Taking just a few minutes each day to take care of your teeth is worth it in the end!

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