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10 Myths and Facts about Cavities 

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10 Myths and Facts about Cavities 

Cavities are a prevalent dental problem that affects children and adults alike. As kids, most of us were told not to eat sugary candies, or we’d get cavities, and our teeth would fall out. Other than brushing your teeth regularly and maintaining a healthy diet, the best way to avoid dental cavities is to clearly understand what causes them and how you can prevent them.

Vita Dental Spring would like to address some common facts and misconceptions about cavities that might help you preserve your smile.

Sugar is the Main Cause of Cavities

Its considered a myth because sugar constitutes a variety of different food and beverages that are considered “healthy’’ for us. The sugar you find in ice cream, candy bar, or other junk food, is what may be thought to cause cavities.

Cavity forms as the enzymes in our mouth react to the sugars we consume which means that the primary causes of cavities is not directly from the sugar, but instead, improper and inconsistent dental care.

Cavities Cause Bad Breath

The decaying of your enamel and other substances in your mouth is what leads to bad breath.  Bacteria and acids eat into the enamel on your teeth and combine with other particles in your mouth to break them down as well; thus causing bad odour.

Fruit Causes Cavities

Fruits do not cause or increase or the likelihood of cavities; it is the combined effort of the acids in most fruits and inadequate dental care.  The acids from saliva, food particles, and other bacteria begin to erode the enamel of our teeth. Maintaining quality dental hygiene can prevent this wear. Exposure to acidic foods like lemons can cause erosion of the tooth-protecting enamel, thus weakening the tooth.

Babies Cannot Get Cavities

Babies’ teeth are considered temporary; however, the tooth itself is made up of the same compounds as an adult tooth. It means that they are just as susceptible to cavities as older children and adults, depending on diet, genetics or proper oral hygiene.

Sugar-Free Gum Prevents Cavities

In as much as there are more advantages to chewing sugar-free gum than chewing non-sugar-free gum, it is not a replacement for proper oral care. Sugar-free gum contains a natural sweetener known as Xylitol that helps prevent acid from sticking to the teeth, but it doesn’t adequately protect teeth from developing cavities.

Cavities Are Contagious

Even though bacteria which contribute to cavity formation can be transmitted, it is not contagious. The best way to ensure healthy and healthier teeth is to maintain your oral care.   While some researchers believe that you can “reverse” cavity formation in the early stages, it’s important to understand that once the enamel is damaged, it cannot regrow.

Cavity Fillings Do Not Last

Dental fillings are designed to last for quite some time if appropriately maintained. They can, however, deteriorate from constant exposure to acids and bacteria, a tooth fracture or if a cavity forms around it. All fillings eventually need replacing if it breaks down.  By brushing your teeth daily using fluoride toothpaste and flossing effectively, you’ll have less tooth decay, and your fillings may last longer.

Sensitivity In Teeth Means You Have Decay

Although tooth sensitivity is the most likely culprit, it could just mean that you have hypersensitive teeth, or receding gums has exposed the root surface. Another possible cause is that the wrong kind of brushing has worn away the enamel where the tooth and gum meet. You could also have a cracked or broken tooth or need root canal treatment and not necessarily tooth decay.

If You Have A Cavity, You’ll Know It

Mild tooth decay does not cause symptoms. The pain associated with cavities comes when tooth decay is at a more advanced stage and causes damage to the nerve. Advanced tooth decay to can lead to more complicated and expensive dental procedures, like root canal treatment and crowns.

That’s why regular dental check-ups are so important. Also, once decay penetrates the dentin of the tooth, it continues growing until you get to a point where you can’t clean it out any longer.

Once A Tooth Is Treated, The Decaying Stops

You may get decay later in other areas of the tooth, but that particular rot that is removed is gone. Once you get a cavity filled, if you maintain good brushing and flossing techniques, you will not get decay in that spot again. However, a filling may get old, and the sidelines where it meets the tooth begin to pull away or break down and because you can’t reach it to clean properly, bacteria can multiply, and decay starts again.

We at Vita Dental Spring believe that you have now understood the various myths that surround cavities and what is true or not. Have you made your 2018 cleaning and checkup appointments yet? Call our offices in Spring or Katy TX and make an appointment today.