Dr. William Nerestant

Common Myths Regarding Oral Health

Oral health is of the utmost importance, but unfortunately, many people don’t understand the link between oral health and overall health. Our mouths are the gateway to our bodies, and the mouth can serve as a window into a person’s overall health. Make sure you understand the truth behind these common myths about oral health to improve and preserve your overall health.
Myths About Oral Health
Myth #1: Gum disease is not common. The fact is that gum disease is actually quite common. A CDC research study found that nearly 50% of adults over the age of 30 have some form of gum disease and 64% of adults 65 and older have moderate or severe gum disease. Gum disease is a leading cause of tooth loss, and many studies link it to heart disease.
Myth #2: Sugar causes cavities, so oral health is only a concern for children. The truth is that cavities are actually caused by acid-emitting bacteria naturally found in the mouth, especially in response to carbohydrate consumption. Eating sugar certainly exacerbates the issue, but good oral health is important at every age.
Myth #3: Bad breath is caused by oral ailments. In actuality, while bad breath can certainly be caused by poor oral health or gum disease, it can also be a symptom of other illnesses within the body, such as acid reflux, a bowel obstruction, or digestion issues like leaky gut syndrome.
Consult your dentist and your personal physician if you have concerns about your oral and overall health.
This column is sponsored by Midtown Dental.    
BIO: Dr. William Nerestant received his Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) degree from the University of Detroit/Mercy School of Dentistry in Michigan. After serving and being recognized for his meritorious service in the Air Force as an officer in the Dental Corps, he currently serves patients at Midtown Dental in Lakeland. For more information, visit mymidtowndental.com or call (863) 226-0987.    

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