Nearly everyone has heard of a cavity, and many people have experienced one themselves. You might know what it means to have a cavity and know some of the causes, but some of the most common things said about cavities are nothing more than fiction. Find out what the truth is and brush up on your knowledge of cavities.
Myth #1: Only Kids Get Cavities
While it’s true that kids are at a higher risk of developing cavities, there is no guarantee that you won’t have one yourself in adulthood. The reason that kids are at a higher disadvantage is that many of them do not know the proper dental hygiene habits that keep adults’ teeth healthy. But many adults themselves do not brush or floss their teeth regularly and have the same risk as children of developing a cavity! Unlike what many people believe it has nothing to do with the strength of baby teeth. If you are not following the advice of your dentist and have a build up of tartar and plaque you are at the same risk for cavities and will have to undergo the same procedures.
Myth #2: You Have to Eat a Lot of Sugar to Develop Cavities
Cavities aren’t necessarily caused by extreme sugar consumption. For example, you can develop a cavity simply by eating too many acidic foods that wear down the enamel and corrode the teeth. If you eat a lot of sugary foods you have a higher risk of developing a cavity simply because it is a carbohydrate that helps facilitate the growth of bacteria. Other foods are high on carbohydrates as well such as grains and have the same effect. It’s not about what you eat but how often you eat them and what you do right after eating. If you continuously munch on carbs you are at a higher risk for developing cavities than someone who simply has a soda everyday for 10 minutes and brushes their teeth afterwards. Prolonged exposure to these bad foods can facilitate the growth of bacteria in your mouth.
Myth #3: You Can’t Get a Cavity If You Brush and Floss Often
This isn’t necessarily true because some cavities are the result of tooth grinding and clenching. That’s not say that people who are always angry and grinding their teeth are at risk, but even the 10% of the population that grinds their teeth while sleeping. By wearing down on the teeth you are at a higher risk for bacteria growth and eventually needing fillings for cavities.
If you are wondering whether or not you have a cavity and if you should be taking extra precautions call our office today. We have proven tips for avoiding dental cavities and can give you the proper care your teeth deserve.