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Based on the fact that it’s estimated that as much as 12 percent of all adults within the U.S., experience some level of anxiety when it comes to seeing the dentist, it comes as no surprise that we have developed and believed a wide variety of rumors that are far from the truth. Here are 5 of the most common dental myths that many people believe, which are all far from the truth.

1) Dental Insurance Is Expensive

Many people avoid a routine check up from the dentist and choose to go only when an emergency occurs due to the fact that they believe dental insurance is particularly expensive. The reality of the fact though, is that not only is dental insurance extremely affordable, you can receive it in as little as one day, for as low as $7.99 per month.

2) More Sugar Means More Dental Problems

Many people believe that the more sugar that you consume such as candy for example, that the more likely you are to encounter tooth decay. In reality though, the amount of sugar that you eat isn’t what causes a buildup of bacteria that leads to tooth decay, it’s the duration that the sugar spends on your teeth that eventually leads to decay. So if you brush up right after an extra sugary treat, you’ll be fine.

3) There’s No Need To See A Dentist Unless A Noticeable Problem Arises

Another dental myth that some people believe is that, unless you see a problem, there’s no need to see a dentist for a checkup. But in all actuality, by the time you notice a symptom, the underlying problem may have progressed to the point whereby you may encounter tooth decay, a loss of teeth, inflammation and cavities, all of which can be avoided if you see your dentist on a regular basis

4) Bleaching Is Bad For Your Teeth

Due to the fact that bleach is naturally corrosive, it comes as no surprise that many people believe that bleaching your teeth can cause it to weaken and become more fragile. But bleaching only affects the color of your teeth; it does not affect your tooth’s overall health.

5) Bad Breath Is Caused Entirely By Poor Dental Hygiene Practices

One of the factors that causes bad breath is poor hygiene. But even if you practice excellent dental hygiene, there are still several other factors that can cause bad breath as well. Some of the foods you eat can cause bad breath, regardless of how often you brush such as garlic, onions and alcohol. And in some cases, it may be due to an underlying sickness such as pneumonia, ulcers, sinusitis and bronchitis as well.