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We all want to have a healthy life, but did you know there are many things you can do to protect your health, including taking good care of your mouth? Sadly, in today’s society, it can be easy to find inaccurate information, which can be detrimental to your health. To help you counteract these problems, we’re happy to discuss the truth around a few common myths.

One common myth you may have heard is that your mouth is healthy if you don’t have cavities. While cavities are an indicator of tooth decay, you could be facing a variety of issues regardless of whether you have cavities. For instance, you could be dealing with other common problems, such as a tartar build up or gum disease—which could be prevented with proper brushing and flossing.

Similarly, you may have heard that children get more cavities than adults do. In reality, in recent years, the number of cavities found in children has been reduced nearly 50%. However, children and adults are equally likely to get cavities if they don’t care for their mouths recently. Still. in recent years, cavities in senior citizens has been on the rise because their medication tends to dry out their mouths, leaving them more susceptible to decay.

Finally, have you ever been told that baby teeth aren’t important? Some parents think that because a baby’s tooth is going to fall out eventually there isn’t any reason to help their child care for their baby teeth. In reality, the roots of baby teeth help form adult teeth and hold a place for your adult teeth to occupy.

If you have any questions or concerns having to do with oral care we are happy to help. Our dentist, Dr. Richard Mantoan, and our team will do everything we can to help. Just call Southland Smiles at 708-794-4253! We’re excited to hear from you.