True or False? Five Oral Health Care Myths Debunked by Dentist Dr. Iván Lugo

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Many misperceptions exist about oral health care and a large percentage of Hispanics are lacking the appropriate oral care information. Addressing this need, Crest® and Oral-B® are joining forces with the Hispanic Dental Association (HDA) to improve the oral health of the growing U.S. Hispanic population. As part of this partnership, the organization is unveiling a new HDA stamp to be used exclusively by Crest and Oral-B over the next two years to promote good oral health habits.

They have also shared with us these five oral health care myths that we often hear and Dr. Ivan Lugo gave the 411 to get it straight once and for all 🙂


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Photo by Sura Nualpradid


When it comes to oral health, brushing is more important than flossing.

FALSE: Brushing, flossing and rinsing are all important for achieving an effective oral health care routine.




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Photo by “nenetus”


Mouthwash freshens breath, but does little else in terms of oral health.

FALSE: Rinses come in a variety of formulations which may be designed to not only freshen breath, but also strengthen enamel, whiten teeth and help fight plaque, gingivitis and bad breath germs.



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Photo by Clare Bloomfield


A little bleeding when brushing is normal.

FALSE: Bleeding gums are most often caused by gum disease, such as gingivitis. If left untreated, gingivitis can lead to a more serious form of gum disease called periodontitis.




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Poor oral health may be linked to other health complications.

TRUE: Oral health is not separate from overall health. In fact, some studies suggest that poor oral health may be linked to other health complications, including stroke, heart disease and diabetes.



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Photo by David Castillo Dominici


With time, cavities will go away on their own if you brush regularly.

FALSE: While brushing regularly, along with flossing and rinsing may help prevent cavities, professional dental care is necessary to treat this condition.




 About Dr. Lugo:

Dr. Lugo

Dr. Lugo

Dr. Lugo has 20 years of experience as an accomplished scholar, professor, and administrator. Born in Aguadilla, Puerto Rico, he received his B.S. from Syracuse University and earned his doctorate from the University Of Connecticut School Of Dental Medicine. Dr. Lugo completed his clinical residency certificate at the Kornberg School of Dentistry and a Masters in Business Administration from the Fox School of Business at Temple University.

As past president of the Hispanic Dental Association, he led the organization through unprecedented growth and under his tenure, the organization published the first Hispanic Oral Health Research Agenda in the United States.

As a life-long learner, he continues to further his formal education through biotechnology, leadership, and innovation programs.

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