Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Facts and myths about cavities

Cavities are dental caries that cause damage to the tooth, resulting in tooth decay.  Here are some of the most common myths and facts about cavities most people are unaware of:

The only things that causes cavity is sugar

Myth: The main cause of cavities is acid producing bacteria inside the mouth. Decay can be instigated by any carbs you eat. This includes sugar as well as potatoes, rice, fruits, bread, and vegetables.

Kids are more susceptible to cavities than adults

Myth: Due to the presence of fluoride in tap water, decay in school-aged children has reduced by half in the past two decades. On the other hand, cavities in seniors are on the rise due to medicines that tend to make the mouth dry. They decrease saliva, which is known to protect your teeth.   

Acid can cause tooth decay

Fact: Acidic food items have the ability to break down the outer shell of your tooth, weaken it, and make it prone to decay. 

The bacteria that cause tooth decay generate acids inside the mouth. Consuming foods such as soda and juice can enhance that process. Hence, it’s important to follow healthy eating habits.

Aspirin helps a toothache when placed next to the tooth

Myth: Aspirin needs to be swallowed if you want it to work. Since it is acidic, it can burn your gum tissue and may also cause an abscess if you put it next to your tooth.

You’ll know as soon as you have a tooth cavity

Myth: When you see a tooth cavity it has normally spread to a great extent. To avoid such instances, it is best to undergo routine dental screening. With regular checkups, your dental expert can find a cavity before it may cause damage.

All Fillings have to be replaced

Myth: There is no life expectancy to filings, but it may depend on things such as oral hygiene and tooth wear. If you keep good oral habits then you become less likely to have dental problems, and your fillings also last longer.

Decay stops once a tooth is treated 

Fact: As soon as you get your cavity filled, the decay spot gets removed. From here on forward, if you take good care of your teeth, the decay from the filled spot will certainly stay clear.  

Grinding and clenching can create cavities

Myth: As mentioned above, cavities are mainly caused by acid-producing bacteria. However, grinding and clenching are some of the worst things that you can do to your teeth.

With normal chewing, our teeth tap for a tiny millisecond, which creates little stress. But grinding and clenching can put a lot of pressure on your teeth. The tension can eventually create fractures and cracks on your teeth, speeding up tooth decay. 

Cavities generally happen between the teeth

 Fact: Places where bacteria can hide or areas that are hard to clean with a floss or toothbrush are likely to cause decay. It is best to use a mouthwash to reach those tough spots.

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