Dental Myths

Expert Pediatric Dentistry in East Lansing, MI

At the office of Dr. Jacob Myers, we take pride in helping our patients achieve healthy, beautiful smiles that last a lifetime. Dr. Myers and our expert team of pediatric dental specialists work with every patient on an individual basis to design a personalized treatment plan that perfectly suits their needs, and we focus on creating holistic treatments that help children develop a healthy smile in the long-term. We believe patient education is a vital part of creating a healthy smile, and unfortunately, there are a number of dental myths in circulation that can hamper your process in creating a great smile. Here are some common dental myths – along with an explanation of the real truth about your teeth!

Myth #1.

Children don't need to see a dentist until they start to lose their baby teeth.

Fact: Good oral hygiene starts at a very early age! Parents should establish a relationship with a pediatric dentist before their child's second birthday. 

Myth #2.

"Bad teeth" are hereditary. If parents have major dental problems, their children will, too.

Fact: The key to good oral hygiene is prevention. Many of the dental problems adults experience could have been prevented if they had fluoridated water and visited a dentist regularly as children. Parents should teach their children good oral hygiene habits so the children will enjoy a lifetime of good oral health.

Myth #3.

Since all water supplies are fluoridated, children don't get cavities anymore.

Fact: Not all water supplies are fluoridated. Families who depend on well water, for example, should ask their pediatric dentist about fluoride supplements for their children. While fluoride is very effective in preventing decay, there's no substitute for good oral hygiene, sucrose control, and regular dental checkups.

Myth #4.

It doesn't matter if children get cavities in their baby teeth, because these teeth will be replaced by permanent teeth. 

Fact: Even though a child's primary teeth will eventually be replaced with permanent ones (molars at 11-13 years) the primary teeth are critical for proper chewing, speaking, and appearance. They also preserve space in the jaw for permanent teeth. 

Myth #5.

Snack foods containing sugar are not harmful to children's teeth if they aren't eaten in large quantities.

Fact: The amount of sugar consumed is less important than the frequency. Sipping on a sweetened soda drink throughout the day is more harmful than drinking the entire soda all at once. 

Myth #6.

A child has to drink milk to get calcium so that their teeth are stronger.

Fact: Calcium is provided in the diet from many sources. Children's teeth will not suffer from calcium deficiency unless there is an unusual illness.

Myth #7.

If the child seldom eats candy, the chances for tooth decay are low.

Fact: Candy is not the only food containing sugar. Raisins, dried fruit, peanut butter, donuts, and many other foods also contain sugar. These foods are words for the teeth than some candies because they tend to stick to the teeth.

Myth #8.

After the permanent teeth have come in, there's nothing the parents can do for the child's teeth other than encouraging the child to brush, floss, and scheduling regular dental visits.

Fact: Dentists can apply sealants to the first molars (around age 6) and second molars (around age 12). It's important that the sealants be applied soon after these teeth come in.

Contact Your East Lansing, MI Family Dentist

We hope you've found this information helpful, and we also hoped it's dispelled a couple of myths in your own mind. As always, if you have any questions on dental health, our office, or treatment, we're always here to help. Feel free to call us at 517-337-0032 or reach out to us at our contact page with any questions, or if you'd like to come by our East Lansing office for an appointment, just request one using our easy online form. We can't wait to hear from you, and we look forward to helping your child achieve a healthy, beautiful smile!