5 Common Cavity Myths

Cavities might be a routine problem that dental professionals resolve every day, but that doesn’t means that that the general public hasn’t developed a misunderstanding on the ways in which cavities can occur. There are a number of myths around how to avoid cavities. And these myths often harm patients and prevent them from truly understanding their oral health needs. Within this blog, we’ll outline five common cavity myths.

1. Myth: Kids are More Likely to Develop Cavities than Adults

Several studies over the last 20 years have shown that children’s cavity numbers are decreasing while cavities among senior citizens are on the rise. This highlights the importance in a commitment to effective oral health for those of every age.

2. Myth: All Cavities Cause Pain

The vast majority of us might never feel pain if we have a cavity. The pain that’s often associated with cavities is actually the tooth decay caused by the cavity. This highlights the importance of regular dental health checkups to ensure that there are no hidden cavities.

3. Myth: Cavities are Always in a Visible Spot

The majority of cavities are likely to be in a hidden spot in the mouth where the brush might not have reached. Because those hidden spots between teeth are the areas where cavities commonly occur, it’s important to floss carefully after meals and ensure no food debris is still in the mouth for long periods.

4. Myth: Sugar is the Primary Cause of Cavities

Bacteria are the cause of cavities. These bacteria can be triggered to make acid when you eat anything with carbohydrates. And the acid is the element that erodes teeth and causes cavities. It’s important to remember that it’s not always the type of food you eat but the amount of time your teeth are exposed to that food. This means that those who eat a lot of carbs during meals are more likely to get a cavity than those who eat a small amount of carbs on a regular basis.

5. Myth: A Treated Tooth Cannot Experience Another Cavity

Just because a tooth was treated for a cavity doesn’t mean that it’s immune from having another cavity in the future. Changes in the mouth might mean that the filling separates from the tooth, allowing bacteria to sneak in and begin the decaying process again. The only way to prevent further cavities in teeth is to stay vigilant and complete a comprehensive oral care regimen.

By speaking with our Team and completing your own research, you can uncover the truths behind each of the latest cavity myths. 

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