Myths and Truth about Dental Cavities

Myths and Truth about Dental CavitiesCavities are an extremely common dental problem that most people know about. Unfortunately, many myths surround them. Before your next dental appointment with Dr. Frame, here is what you need to know about how to keep your smile strong and cavity-free.

Myths

1. Sugar causes cavities.
Sugar on its own does not cause cavities, but it can speed the decay process by feeding the oral bacteria in your mouth that is responsible for cavities. Other problem foods include any sweet treats or starchy foods that stick to teeth.

2. Only kids are at risk.
People of all ages can and do get cavities.

3. You will know when you have one.
Deep cavities may trigger pain, but smaller cavities may be easy to overlook, which is why regular checkups are important. We can often see a cavity long before you ever know it is there.

4. Cavities require root canal treatment.
Severe cavities may need to be treated with a root canal, but most cavities can be treated with dental fillings.

5. Babies cannot get cavities.
Babies can get cavities, and the damage to the baby teeth can threaten the health of the adult teeth.

Facts

1. Cavities are more likely to occur between teeth or in areas that are hard to reach.
If you cannot easily clean a specific part of your tooth, it may be more vulnerable to decay. Use floss or interdental cleaners to reach between the teeth, and finish with an antimicrobial or fluoride mouthwash for an extra layer of protection.

2. Small chips, fractures and other areas of damage can speed the decaying process.
These areas of damage are nearly impossible to keep clean. They need to be properly repaired and restored to reduce the risk of cavities or nerve damage.

3. Good dental hygiene is the best prevention.
This means that you need to brush twice a day using fluoride toothpaste and clean between your teeth with floss daily. Remember to schedule your biannual checkups, which include a professional cleaning, for the best results.

Call us today to schedule your next appointment with Dr. Frame.

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