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WebMD Expert Discussion: The Hazards of Chewing Gum…and Other Myths

Is chewing gum bad for your teeth? Are dental X-rays safe?

In the WebMD online discussion, Your Dental Health Concerns, guest periodontist Eric Linden, DMD clears up some common myths about oral health issues.

Myth: Chewing gum is bad for you.
Fact: As long as it’s a sugar-free variety, chewing gum is good exercise for your jaw, cleanses the mouth, and stimulates saliva.

Myth: Professional teeth cleaning once a year is enough.
Fact: Teeth should be professionally cleaned between 2-4 times a year.

Myth: Dental X-rays are dangerous.
Fact: Routine dental X-rays are safe. However, if you are pregnant, let your dentist know.

Myth: Bleeding gums are normal.
Fact: Bleeding gums can be a sign of gum disease or a serious systemic disease.

Myth: Dental insurance covers all dental costs.
Fact: Except for some HMOs, dental insurance usually only covers a portion of the total cost of care.

Wondering if something else you’ve heard about oral health care is fact or fiction?

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Eric Linden, DMD, specializes in the field of laser periodontal surgery, which includes LANAP, periodontics, regeneration, and dental implants.

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