Article published by : Max Health on Friday, September 20, 2013

Category : Dental

15 Cavity Myths Part 2


Welcome to the third installment of our four-part article series on the myths and facts surrounding cavities. In our previous article post, we spoke to a dental implant specialist in NJ who busted the following four myths…

Myth # 4: Placing an aspirin next to a sore tooth will help relieve the pain. You need to swallow an aspirin for it to be effective in fighting toothache. Placing it next to a sore tooth could actually damage it and the surrounding gum.

Myth # 5: All fillings eventually need to be replaced. Not necessarily! With proper oral hygiene and regular dental check-ups, fillings can last a lifetime.

Myth # 6: You’ll Know If You Have a Cavity. Unless a cavity has deepened to the point of exposing the delicate nerves in the dentine or pulp chamber, you won’t necessarily know you have one.

Myth # 7: A Treated Tooth Won’t Decay Further. The treated area shouldn’t typically suffer decay, but the rest of the tooth is just as vulnerable if you don’t care for it properly.

On to some more myths with bad cavities in them!

Myth # 8: Cavities are More Likely to Form Between the Teeth

The Facts: "Decay is most likely to set in where bacteria are sheltered from your oral hygiene efforts,” explains the dental implant specialist in NJ. “So, if you don’t floss every day, the narrow spaces between the teeth can be at a greater risk. In reality, cavities can develop anywhere and are especially common on the biting surfaces of the molars, where the deep grooves between the cusps offer refuge for food debris and bacteria. Using an anti-bacterial mouthwash offers added protection because, being liquid, it is able to reach all of those deep, squirrelled-away locations.”

Myth # 9: Gappy Teeth are More Prone to Cavities

The Facts: “Actually, the larger the gaps between your teeth the easier they are to keep clean and so the less likely they’ll be to develop cavities,” explains the new teeth specialist in New Jersey. “It’s when the spaces between the teeth are small and snug that regular brushing become ineffective at keeping oral bacteria and food debris at bay. You should, either way, be flossing every night before you go to bed. If you don’t, you are missing out on cleaning 35% of your teeth’s surfaces.”

Myth # 10: Teeth with Cracks and Chips in Them Will Become Decayed

The Facts: “Cracked and chipped teeth will only likely become decayed if these imperfections provide oral bacteria with a safe refuge from your attempts to keep your teeth clean,” explains the dental implant specialist in NJ. “Deep fractures and cracks will therefore become possible locations for decay. A straightforward chip therefore won’t necessarily become decayed, unless the dentine has become exposed. Rinsing with an anti-septic mouthwash can go a long way in preventing decay from setting into cracks and chips; although you should have already had these seen by a dentist anyway.

“Additionally, more and more people are grinding their teeth as a result of stress and this is causing the biting surfaces of the teeth to become worn down to the dentine. We urge people with Bruxism to get mouth guards fitted and to wear them at night when they are more likely to grind without realizing it.”

Myth # 11: Sensitivity is a Sign of Decay

The Facts: “Not always! Some people just have more sensitive teeth, while others present with recession of the gum line caused by aggressive brushing,” says the expert of new teeth in New Jersey. “This reveals the root of the tooth, which is far more sensitive to extremes in temperature. The point is, there are many things that can cause sensitivity, but you should receive a diagnosis in any case.”

Stay Tuned For Part 4

To read some final myths and misconceptions surrounding cavities and tooth decay, stay tuned for the fourth installment of this four-part article series.

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