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  • MYTHS AND FACTS

    1. Sugar Is the Only Thing That Causes Cavities

    Myth, but it’s almost a fact.

    “The truth is, acid produced by bacteria in your mouth is the cause of cavities,”

    Any carb you eat can start that process. That includes sugar as well as rice, potatoes, bread, fruits, and vegetables.

    2. Acid Causes Tooth Decay

    Fact. Acidic foods can break down your teeth‘s outer shell (enamel), weaken the tooth, and make teeth more prone to decay.

    “The bacteria responsible for tooth decay produces acids. Eating acidic foods often throughout the day (including juice and soda) can enhance that process,”

    So, go light on the acid and practice good oral care.

    3. Kids Get Way More Cavities Than Adults

    Myth. Thanks to fluoride in tap water, “we’ve actually cut decay in school-aged children by half in the last 20 years,”

    Cavities in senior citizens are on the rise because of medicines that dry out the mouth. They reduce saliva, which protects your teeth.

    4. Aspirin Next to a Tooth Will Help a Toothache

    Myth. You have to swallow the aspirin to ease your pain. Since aspirin is acidic, it could burn your gum tissue and cause a painful abscess if you place it next to a tooth.

    5. All Fillings Will Need to Replaced

    Myth. “Fillings do have a life expectancy,” Iit depends on things like tooth wear and oral hygiene.

    If you keep up with your dental routine, you’re less likely to have problems, and your fillings may last longer.

    6. You’ll Know When You Have a Cavity

    Myth. “Sometimes you will know it, but at that point, it has usually spread to larger proportions than it would have if it had been found at a routine dental screening,”

    With timely checkups, your dentist can find a cavity before it causes pain.

    7. Once a Tooth Is Treated, the Decay Stops

    Fact. Once you get a cavity filled, the decay spot is removed. And if you take care of your teeth, the decay from the spot that was filled will most likely stay clear.

    8. Cavities Are More Likely Between Teeth

    Fact. “Anywhere bacteria can hide that you can’t, or aren’t able to, reach with a toothbrush or floss is a likely place for decay,”

    Use a mouthwash to help reach tough spots.

    9. Clenching and Grinding May Lead to Cavities

    Myth, but not far from fact. Cavities come from acid-producing bacteria. But clenching and grinding are among the worst things you can do to your teeth.

    With normal chewing, teeth touch for a tiny fraction of a millisecond, which causes little stress. But clenching and grinding put a huge amount of pressure on your teeth. The strain can eventually cause cracks and fractures of your teeth, which speeds up tooth decay.

    10. Gaps in Teeth Lead to Cavities

    Myth. “Bigger gaps are easier to keep clean,” So as long as they are free of bacteria, wide spaces are less prone to decay.

    Keep an eye on small gaps, though. Food may get stuck there and lead to cavities if it’s not cleaned out.

    11. Chips and Cracks in Teeth Lead to Decay

    Fact. Cracks and chips create a home for bacteria where your toothbrush won’t reach. This can hasten decay. Use a fluoride mouth rinse to get to hidden spots.

    12. Sensitivity in Teeth Means You Have Decay

    Myth. “While cavities can cause some sensitivities to cold and sweets, not all do,Other things might be making your teeth hurt.

    13. Cavities Are the Only Reason for Root Canals

    Myth. You need a root canal if the nerve inside a tooth is damaged. An unfilled cavity can lead to a root canal, but so can other things, like clenching and grinding.

    14. Babies Can’t Get Cavities

    Myth. Primary or “baby” teeth can get cavities that spread to other teeth if left untreated.

    15. You Have to Brush, Floss, and Rinse to Prevent Cavities

    Fact. “Absolutely! Prevention is the key,” You need to remove bacteria from teeth.

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