“An apple a day keeps the doctor away.” Or does it?
This saying that dates from 1866 is one of our most common expressions. But is it true? Apples are rich in soluble fiber that lowers glucose levels, blood pressure and “bad” cholesterol. This fruit also contains Vitamin C to boost immunity, as well as Vitamins A, C, E and beta carotene, all of which help to reduce the risk of heart disease, diabetes and asthma.
But does a daily serving of apple prevent other medical problems? No – this is a myth.
There are many confusing myths about oral health too. Here are 5 of the most common:
- Sugar is the primary cause of tooth decay. Sugary foods and drinks can cause cavities, but the plaque build-up caused by bacterial acids often happens when carbohydrates are consumed.
- I probably won’t get gum disease. Gum disease is so common that a CDC study found that 47% of adults age 30 and over have some form of gum disease. Aging causes an increase in vulnerability to infections including in the gums.
- Bad breath means gum disease. Yes, bad breath may indicate gum disease, but it can be a sign of many other potential health issues. Bad breath can also signal acid reflux, a bowel obstruction or other digestive issue.
- If you have diabetes, you’ll also get gum disease. Poorly-regulated blood glucose levels does not cause gum infections, although it can make it harder to avoid gum disease. Those with diabetes must work hard to keep teeth and gums clean and healthy.
- Bleeding gums are unavoidable for pregnant women. No! Good oral care including brushing, flossing and regular dental visits during pregnancy will keep gingivitis at bay for most pregnant women.
It’s really pretty simple – good oral health care along with regular teeth cleanings and exams are the best way to keep your teeth and gums clean and healthy. And help yourself to an apple! They are great for cleaning the teeth and reducing the risk of tooth decay by killing mouth bacteria.
Let Us Know If You Have Questions on Any Aspect of Oral Health Care
Dr. Lorraine Burio of Candlewood Dental Care has been treating and educating patients for over twenty-five years. Our office serves the New Fairfield, New Milford, Danbury, and Sherman areas of CT and Pawling, Patterson and Putnam Lake of New York. You can call us at 203-746-1200 or make an appointment here.