When it comes to oral health, there are plenty of myths out there. But are any of them actually true? In today’s post, we’ll be breaking down a few of the most common myths and letting you know if they’re true or false.

At Cottonwood Park Dental, our goal is to create and restore beautiful smiles. If it’s time for you to get a checkup and you’re searching for a dentist in Richardson, we’d love to see you! Schedule an appointment today, or keep reading below to separate dental fact from fiction.

True or False?

Coconut Oil Reverses Cavities

The myth: swishing coconut oil around in your mouth can help to fill in cavities that have started to form. For a period of time, this was a widely reported claim. The basic idea was that you put a tablespoon or so of coconut oil in your mouth and made it a point to swish it around, getting between all of your teeth, for 15-20 minutes. When you’re done, you spit it out; do it often enough and you can get rid of cavities. So is it true? Unfortunately it’s false.

While there may be some benefits of doing this, you’re much better off brushing and flossing regularly and using mouthwash each time.

You Should Chew Gum If You Can’t Brush

The myth: chewing gum — especially sugar-free gum — is just as good for you as brushing. You may have heard commercials that made the claim that chewing gum is a good substitute for brushing. After all, it can help to get rid of built up plaque, and the extra saliva in your mouth can break down anything that doesn’t belong in there. Is it true? Believe it or not, there is some truth to this myth.

Chewing sugar-free gum can sometimes be beneficial, and it’s better than not brushing at all. Does that mean you should stop brushing altogether? Absolutely not. At the end of the day, brushing is always going to be the best thing you can do for your teeth, and we don’t recommend trading your toothbrush for a pack of gum.

Carbonated Water Is Bad For Your Teeth

The myth: carbonated water breaks down the enamel on your teeth and makes them more susceptible to cavities. At some point in the past, research came out suggesting that sparkling water could be the next thing to ruin your teeth. Is it true? Thankfully, this myth is false.

In large quantities, it’s possible that carbonated water could do some damage, but if you like the occasional LaCroix, you should know that drinking this beverage won’t hurt you. For many, the ability to drink sparkling water is the difference between staying hydrated and not staying hydrated. Our advice? If you want flavored water and bubbles, you should go for it.

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What other myths can we bust? Stop in for a checkup and we’ll tell you in person! If it’s time for a visit, we’d love to see you. Schedule a visit today and rest assured that you’re in good hands at Cottonwood Park Dental.