Dental Myths

High Quality Pediatric Dental Care in Lansing, MI

Our goal at the office of Dr. Jacob Myers is to provide each and every child with a beautiful, healthy smile. This is why we’re committed to helping our patients develop amazing smiles through comprehensive and convenient pediatric dental treatment that fits in you and your child’s schedule. Our practice focuses on influencing the natural development of your child’s teeth to achieve an ideal, healthy long-term smile. We are also dedicated to patient education, so we wanted to debunk some common dental myths before your child’s appointment.

Myth #1

Myth: Children only need to visit the dentist once their adult teeth start to grow in.

Fact: Your child should begin going to the dentist, preferably a pediatric dentist, starting from age 1. This not only helps get a head start on caring for your child’s teeth, but it acclimates them to a dental office environment from an early age. This helps prevent dentist anxiety as they grow up.

Myth #2

Myth: Dental health is largely hereditary. If your parents had “bad teeth,” you probably will, too.

Fact: This couldn’t be less true! A healthy smile comes from regular dental treatment and a commitment to continuous oral hygiene. By instilling healthy dental habits in your child, you can help them develop a beautiful smile that lasts a lifetime.

Myth #3

Myth: The risk for cavities is almost zero, because all water supplies are fluoridated.

Fact: Unfortunately, this myth is wrong on two accounts. First, not all water supplies contain fluoride. Bottled water has no fluoride, and families that get water from a well won’t have fluoridated water either. Only tap water that comes from a municipal city government gets fluoridated. Second, fluoridated water can’t prevent cavities on its own. Without proper brushing, flossing and regular dentists visits, getting cavities is always a risk.

Myth #4

Myth: Getting cavities in baby teeth isn’t a big deal because adult teeth will replace them.

Fact: While it’s true that your children’s baby teeth will be replaced by permanent teeth eventually, it’s still important to preserve the health of their primary teeth. Baby teeth play an important role in helping your child learn to speak and chew, while also being a source of self esteem for young children. They also act as a guide for adult teeth to help them erupt properly, so poor dental hygiene on baby teeth can impact how your child’s permanent teeth come in.

Myth #5

Myth: Sugary snacks don’t pose a risk to teeth if they’re not consumed in large quantities.

Fact: The amount of times that your child consumes sugary snacks is much more important than the amount of snacks that they eat in total. For example, sipping on a soda throughout the day is much more harmful than binging on candy in one sitting. It’s important to make sure that your child limits the consumption of sugary snacks to keep their teeth in great shape.

Myth #6

Myth: Milk is the only way for a child to get enough calcium for their teeth.

Fact: While milk is an incredible source of calcium, there are lots of other dietary sources that you can choose from. Examples include cheese, yogurt, beans and almonds. So, if your child doesn’t like drinking milk, there are a lot more choices you can choose from!

Myth #7

Myth: Children won’t get cavities if they don’t eat candy.

Fact: Candy is absolutely a high contributor to cavities, but it’s not the only food that poses a risk. Even healthy foods such as dried fruit and peanut butter contain natural sugars that can increase the risk for cavities. That doesn’t mean that you child can’t eat those things, it just means you must be diligent in their oral hygiene routine to protect their teeth on a regular basis.

Myth #8

Myth: Once the permanent teeth come in, the only thing that parents can do for their child’s teeth is to encourage proper dental hygiene and schedule oral checkups.

Fact: The most common aid in protecting your children’s adult teeth when they come in are sealants. Sealants are one of the most effective ways to prevent dental issues for children, and we can apply them to the first molars around the age of 6 as well as the second molars around age 12.

Schedule an Appointment with Your East Lansing Family Dentist

If you have any questions about the myths above, we’re always happy to help. Give us a call at (517) 337-0032 to learn more about these myths or ask any questions you may have about our practice. Now that you’re equipped with this knowledge, schedule an appointment for your child with your trusted East Lansing pediatric dentist. We can’t wait to hear from you, and we wish you luck in combating the myths surrounding children’s dental health!