There are a lot of myths and old-wives-tales that have been floating around over the years with regard to cavities. We thought we’d dispel some of them for our latest post.
Acidic Foods Cause Them
This is true. While acidic foods like citrus juice don’t actually cause cavities, acids weaken your teeth, which makes them more likely to decay.
Kids Are More Prone to Them
This is false. Thanks to things like preventative caution, sealants and fluorides in our water, tooth decay in younger children has been cut significantly. Senior citizens, on the other hand, have been increasing their amount of cavities in recent years. This has been partly due to factors such as medicines that make the mouth dry—saliva is a big combatant of tooth decay.
Sugar Is the Main Cause of Them
This is false. Acid causes cavities. Bacteria creates acids when you eat anything with carbohydrates, which includes things like fruits and starches, but also anything sugary. When you have too many carbs, the acids make a tiny hole in your teeth to live.
You’ll Know If You Have a Cavity
This is false. Not all types of tooth decay cause pain. You’ll only feel a cavity when tooth decay has gotten bad enough to cause nerve damage. This is why it’s important to have regular check-ups with your dentist.
Cavities are Most Common Between Your Teeth
This is true. Wherever is hard to reach with your toothbrush or floss is exactly where decay likes to live. Because of this, it’s a good idea to use mouthwash regularly.