15 Cavity Myths and Truths – Part 3

Welcome back! We have been breaking down fact versus fiction when it comes to cavities and our teeth. Today, we are closing out this series with the final five facts and myths about cavities.

Chips and Cracks in Teeth Lead to Decay…

It’s true – this is a fact. Chips and cracks provide bacteria a place to hide away out of reach from your toothbrush. This can accelerate decay. Using a fluoride mouth wash will help get to hidden spots. Chips and cracks could also lead to infections. Your dentist can bond or seal the tooth to help keep it safe.

Sensitivity in Teeth Means You Have Decay…

Myth! “While cavities can cause some sensitivities to cold and sweets, not all do,” Horn-Blake says. It is important to remember that other things can be causing the sensitivity, like gingivitis or grinding your teeth. Tooth sensitivity is treatable with many remedies you can try at home, but it may be best to visit your dentist depending on the cause and severity.

Cavities Are The Only Reasons for Root Canals…

This is another myth. A root canal is needed if the nerve inside the tooth is damaged. Unfilled cavities, clenching, and grinding can lead to root canals. During a root canal, the nerve and pulp is removed from the tooth and the inside of the tooth is cleaned and then sealed.

Babies Can’t Get Cavities…

Myth. Primary or “baby” teeth get cavities, often the result of infection, which can spread to other teeth if left untreated. Healthy baby teeth support eating, speech development, and establish a healthy environment for permanent teeth later in life.

You Have to Brush, Floss, and Rinse to Prevent Cavities…

Fact! “Absolutely! Prevention is the key,” Harms says. Removing bacteria from teeth is so important to keeping them healthy and avoiding cavities. Brush your teeth twice a day, floss, and rinse daily! Don’t forget to also visit your dentist in Stuart, FL!

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