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There are many common misconceptions when it comes to oral health. Setting them straight will help you and your family have a better understanding of what affects your oral health and what to do about it. The more informed you are about dental hygiene, the more likely you will be to have a healthy smile you can be proud of.

Misconception 1: Gum Disease is Not Very Common

Unfortunately, gum disease is much more common than you might think. As you age, so do your teeth and other structure in your mouth, so they become more susceptible to infection over time. According to the CDC, 47 percent of individuals age 30 and older have some form of gum disease and 64 percent of people age 65 and older have moderate to severe gum disease. Gum disease is preventable and even reversible in its early stages, so it is important to recognize it as a reality and get ahead of it before it sets in.

Misconception 2: Having Diabetes Ensures That You’ll Get Gum Disease

Diabetes is a common health condition that people manage on a daily and affects the way the body processes sugar. If it is not attended to properly, it can be the cause of other health problems and can make it hard to control common infections like gum disease, but it does not cause them. Individuals with diabetes need to cautiously care for their teeth to avoid gum disease just like everyone else but having diabetes does not automatically mean you will have gum disease as well.

Misconception 3: Dental Fillings Made out of Silver Are Not Harmful

Over half of silver fillings are made of mercury or have mercury in them, which can be incredibly dangerous. Mercury has the potential to cause chronic diseases, and so fillings with mercury should be removed as soon as possible. In order to determine if your silver fillings have mercury, you should have them examined by a professional. A composite resin filling is an alternative to these that is healthy and more natural looking.

Dr. John H. Koot, our dentist, wants you to be as educated as possible about the do’s and don’ts of oral health. If you have any questions or worries we encourage you to come to John H Koot DMD LTD in Las Vegas, Nevada and allow our capable staff to assist you. To schedule an appointment, call us today at 702-736-6381.