What You Need to Know About Cavities

added on: December 18, 2015

You’ve probably heard something about cavities—in fact, you’ve probably had a cavity or two. But did you know there are several misconceptions surrounding cavities? To help you separate fact from fiction, we’re happy to dispel some of the more common cavity myths.

For example, you’ve probably heard that cavities are caused by sugar. This isn’t quite true. In fact, cavities are caused by acids that break down the outer layer of your teeth and promote tooth decay. Unfortunately, bacteria from sugar and other foods eventually become the harmful acid.

You may also believe that only children get cavities, or at least that children get far more cavities than adults. In reality, adults are just as prone to cavities as children. Adult’s gums can pull away from their teeth, exposing more vulnerable areas to decay. Similarly, decay is more likely to appear near your fillings.

Finally, have you heard that you’ll know when you have a cavity? Granted, there are times that you’ll be able to feel a pit or a fissure in your teeth, but often you won’t feel anything. However, there are symptoms you can look for. For instance, if your teeth are sensitive if you have a toothache or notice a brown or black spot, you may have a cavity.

If you would like to learn more, or are interested in having your cavity filled, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We’re excited to hear from you.

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