Article published by : Max Health on Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Category : Dental

15 Cavity Myths


Welcome to the second installment of our four-part article series on the myths and facts surrounding cavities. In our previous article post, we spoke to a new teeth specialist in NJ who provided us with the following fascinating insights…

Myth # 1: Sugar doesn’t cause cavities, but the acidic wastes produced by the oral bacteria that feed upon sugar do! The more sugar you eat and the longer your mouth’s exposure to it is, the greater your risk of developing tooth decay.

Myth # 2: Eating acidic foods doesn’t directly cause cavities, but it can render your teeth more vulnerable to decay by softening their hard protective outer layer and by exposing the softer underlying dentine.

Myth # 3: With the right preventative dental health care (fluoride, good oral hygiene and sealants), children need not be more vulnerable to cavities than adults.

Let’s continue with some more myths!

Myth # 4: Placing an Aspirin Next to a Sore Tooth Will Help With the Pain

The Facts: “Actually, you won’t be doing yourself any favors by doing this,” says the new teeth specialist in NJ. “The analgesic action of aspirin is facilitated by the blood stream, so it needs to be ingested, i.e. swallowed. Placing an aspirin next to a sore tooth may actually damage the tooth, irritate the gums and cause further pain since it’s quite acidic.”

Myth # 5: You Will Eventually Need to Get a Filling Replaced

The Facts: “Unless a filling, be it composite or amalgam, breaks down you should never need to replace it. Cavities can also form around fillings, in which case you may need a new one… and teeth can fracture. But in the absence of these problems, fillings can last a lifetime,” says the expert of dental implants in Rutherford.

“Other things to be aware of are general wear-and-tear and decay caused by poor oral hygiene. To get the most out of the longevity of a filling, brush and floss regularly and thoroughly and see your dentist and oral hygienist at least once a year. That way, problems can be identified in their infancy and treated accordingly.”

Myth # 6: You’ll Know If You Have a Cavity

The Facts: “This is a potentially disastrous myth because it fools people into thinking they don’t have a problem just because they can’t see or feel that anything is wrong,” says the new teeth specialist in NJ. “Surface cavities and mild decay don’t typically present with any pain or discomfort. You can be totally unaware that you have a problem unless you go for regular scheduled appointments with the dentist.

“Usually, when you do experience pain and sensitivity, the cavity has become so deep that the nerve endings in the dentine and pulp chamber have become affected, at which stage you may require far more expensive and complicated procedures to repair the tooth. Brushing more regularly won’t solve the problem either. Since the cavity protects the bacteria in it, it’s simply allowed to deepen and deepen.”

Myth # 7: A Treated Tooth Won’t Decay Further

The Facts: “Just because you’ve had a filling placed doesn’t mean the tooth becomes invulnerable to further decay or to the development of cavities elsewhere. Where the tooth has been treated for decay should remain cavity-free with good oral hygiene habits. Also, it should be noted that older fillings can begin to break down over time and the margins between the restorative material and natural tooth structure can become prime locations for decay,” says the dental implants specialist in Rutherford. “Again, this highlights the importance of regular dental check-ups to make sure your fillings are in good working order.”

Stay Tuned For Part 3

To read more about the myths and misconceptions surrounding cavities and tooth decay, stay tuned for the third installment of this four-part article series.

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