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World Oral Health Day: 5 myths about tooth decay and cavities you need to stop believing

World Oral Health Day is celebrated on March 20 every year.

Written by: India TV Lifestyle Desk, New Delhi [ Published on: March 20, 2018 11:15 IST ]
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Every year on March 20, World Oral Health Day is celebrated. It is a designated day to celebrate and acknowledge the benefits of having a properly maintained set of teeth. Keeping your mouth clean has many benefits for your overall health than you know. This year, World Oral Health Day is being celebrated on the theme of ‘Say Ahh’. Dentists usually use this term to make their patients open their mouth during checkups. But before you learn how to maintain proper oral hygiene, you need to stop believing these popular myths about oral health.

Sugar causes tooth decay

There’s no doubt that sugar causes tooth decay. But it’s not only sugar but many other foods that are responsible for the cavities and tooth decay. Consumption of carbohydrates are equally responsible for tooth decay.

Silver fillings are absolutely safe

Usually silver fillings are made up of mercury. This mercury can leach into your mouth and enter your gastrointestinal tract. Therefore, the silver fillings should be timely replaced to avoid diseases caused by mercury.

Gum diseases are rare

Correct your facts as gum disease is very common. According to CDC report, 47% of adults age 30 or older have suffered from gum disease. Our gum is as prone to infections as any other body part is.

Bad breath is a sign of gum disease

Bad breath doesn’t necessarily mean that you have gum disease. It can also be a symptom of acid reflux, a bowel obstruction or any other digestive issue.

Diabetes doesn’t always cause gum disease

If you have diabetes, it doesn’t mean that you need to extra cautious about your oral health. Their gums are as prone to diseases as any other person is.

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