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Medical myths

BMJ 2007; 335 doi: (Published 20 December 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;335:1288

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Other myths that might interest you:

Here are seven of the most common
myths that people have shared with me over the past 35 years:

1. My gums will just naturally recede as I age

2. My teeth will become loose as I get older

3. Bad breath comes with old age

4. Cavities are only for young people

5. Tooth loss is inevitable and just a fact of old age

6. I don’t really need my teeth. They are just for appearance

7. Once I have dentures, I won’t have to see a dentist anymore


Competing interests:
Author of two books on oral health

Competing interests: No competing interests

24 December 2007
Sheila Wolf, RDH
Oral wellness educator, coach, dental hygienist
San Diego, CA 92115