Myths and Facts about Cavities
Do you know how to keep your teeth healthy and cavity-free? Many people think that they do. Unfortunately, many myths surround tooth decay and cavities, causing patients to miss out on some great preventive options. Learning the facts about this common problem can help you keep your mouth healthier.
Common myths include:
1. Sugar causes cavities.
Sugar by itself is not to blame for cavities, but it does kick-start the tooth decay process by feeding the oral bacteria responsible for decay. Simple sugars and starchy foods, such as rice or potatoes, can both cause the bacteria to release acidic byproduct, which then erodes the enamel and decays your teeth. Acidic foods can contribute to and worsen the erosion process.
2. Only kids get cavities.
This is the biggest myth of them all. In fact, people of all ages can get cavities. The cavity rate in children has actually dropped dramatically over the last two decades, while senior citizens have become more likely to have decay due to medications that dry out the mouth.
3. You will know when you have a cavity.
If a tooth has become badly decayed, it may cause noticeable pain. Minor cavities can easily go unnoticed, though, which is why it is important to visit us every six months. We can diagnose and treat these little cavities to prevent them from becoming big, painful cavities that need root canal treatment.
Tooth decay is highly preventable. A balanced diet, good dental habits and proper dental hygiene can go a long way towards keeping your smile healthy. Call us today to learn more or to schedule your next cleaning.
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