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Are you a fan of the show MythBusters? You know that show where they take a commonly accepted myth and try to prove whether it’s true or false by doing some cool experiments. Today we’re going to share a few common oral health myths and bust them! No cool experiments, but you’ll be sure to learn some good information!

Myth: Visiting the dentist every six months is adequate for checkups.
Reality: This is not the case for every person. While 6-month checkups may work for some, others require more frequent visits. If you are using tobacco, suffer from periodontal disease, or have certain chronic health conditions, you will want to discuss with your dentist the proper checkup schedule for you.

Myth: Only children get cavities.
Reality: Anyone at any age can develop tooth decay.

Myth: Teeth whitening is harmful to your teeth.
Reality: When teeth whitening is done by a dental professional, it is a safe and effective way to whiten your teeth.

Myth: Diet sodas are better for your teeth.
Reality: Diet soda is highly acidic, and it’s the acid that is hard on your teeth. Water is always a good choice.

Myth: My gums bleed because I’m brushing too hard.
Reality: This is most likely not the case. Bleeding gums can be an indication of gum disease or other serious issues that you should discuss with your dentist.

What oral health myths have you heard? The next time you come in for a checkup, be sure to share them with us. We’ll let you know if that myth is real or busted!