While many people associate dentistry with fear and even dread, it doesn’t always have to be that serious! With so many rumors, myths, and unknown facts circling around, we have dedicated an article to compiling a list of the best myths and fun facts about dentistry we’ve heard. With that said, remember to pay a visit to your local and trusted Aliso Viejo Family Dentist to ensure the overall health of your mouth.

According to combined sources Oviedo Premier Dental and Dentist Carlos Garcia, here are the top myths and facts.

Did you know…?

  • The average person will spend about 38 and a half days brushing their teeth over the course of a lifetime.
  • A woman smiles on average of 62 times per day, whereas a man smiles approximately 8 times.
  • The average person spends about 48 seconds per day brushing their teeth. The recommended time frame is between 2 and 3 minutes.
  • The first commercial toothbrush was manufactured in 1938.
  • Common plaque found on your teeth is home to over 300 different types of bacteria.
  • Americans spend approximately $2 million on dental products each year, compared with $100 million on hair care products!
  • Flossing only once a day can increase your life expectancy by 6 years!

Fun Facts:

  • 73% of people would rather go grocery shopping than floss their teeth.
  • According to a recent survey by Time magazine, 59% of people would rather have a dental appointment than sit next to someone who is talking on a cell phone.
  • 75% of American suffer from some form of gum disease!
  • Your teeth are just as unique as your fingerprints.


#1: Sugar is the most common cause of cavities. This is a widely-held, but incorrect belief. While  sugar is the food source for bacteria, it is the acid that bacteria discharged as it metabolizes sugar that causes a cavity to form.

#2: I don’t need to worry about baby tooth health since they’ll fall out anyway. This is not true. In fact, baby teeth should be cared for in the same manner as adult teeth. Remember, oral health has a huge impact on your overall health and well-being!  Primary teeth can become infected and damaged baby teeth can permanently harm other permanent teeth.

#3: White teeth are healthy teeth. Simply because your teeth are white doesn’t necessarily mean they are healthy teeth. There could be a cavity in the tooth or a gum infection around white-looking teeth. Remember, the natural color of teeth vary from one person to another, just like skin or eye color.  People with healthy teeth could have darker teeth than a person with whiter ones, says Medical Daily.


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