Facts and Myths about oral health and cavities

Here is a list of myths that are associated with having a healthy mouth and the diseases related to it.

• Sugar is the only culprit

This is almost a fact, but still a myth. According to the dental experts, the truth is that foods that stimulate the acid production are the main cause of the cavities. This can include any food product that contains carbohydrate, not only sugar.

• Acid results in the decay of the tooth

Acid is not the direct cause of tooth decay. Acidic foods break down the enamel and weakening the teeth. This just makes it more prone to the cavities.

• Kids develop more cavities as compared to the adults

This is one of the biggest myths associated with the tooth decay. On the contrary, the adult’s mouths are more prone to cavities because of the dried mouth as the intake of medicines increases. This leads to a reduction in the saliva, which is a natural protecting agent against the decay.

• Aspirin by the tooth stops the toothache

Not true at all. To lessen down the pain or ease the pain, you will have to swallow the pill and not just let it be there. On the contrary, keeping an aspirin close to the teeth for longer duration will cause the gum tissues to burn and damage them.

• All types of fillings need to be replaced

Fillings surely have some life expectancy, but it all depends on the external factors like tooth wear and oral hygiene. If you take real good care of your teeth, you are sure to have an increased life of your fillings.

• You will come to know when you develop a cavity

Probably true, but by the time you realise, it will be very late and the cavity would have spread to larger sections of the mouth. You should therefore have timely dental checkups. Or else, you would require the assistance of an emergency dentist.

• After the treatment of the tooth begins, it stops decaying

No. Once the tooth has been treated, the portion which has been decayed is removed. You still need to take care of that area as well as the total mouth so that in future similar issues do not develop.

• Cavities have more chances of developing in between the teeth.

A cavity can develop in any region where the bacteria can reach and you cannot, or your toothbrush and floss cannot. You can consider using a mouthwash to ensure you cover all the areas.

• Clenching and grinding lead to cavities

Though clenching and grinding are one of the worst things that you can ever do to your teeth, they can never be responsible for causing the cavities.

• Cavities occur because of the gaps in the teeth

This is not always true. On the other hand, bigger the gaps, more easy it is to clean them.

• Chips or cracks in the teeth will lead to decay

In the cases of cracked teeth, you must immediately check out the source of this problem. Change all those habits that might be causing your teeth to decay or crack. Cracked teeth are always a symptom of something major.

• Teeth sensitivity signifies teeth decay

A tooth sensitivity is quite a common phenomenon and experiencing it does not necessarily mean that you have issues like cavities. You must consult an emergency dentist, though, if the problem persists.

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