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4 Myths About Cavities Debunked

We’ve all heard the phrase “don’t eat that, you’ll get a cavity” at some point in our lives. Whether it was from our parents or our dentist, the fear of cavities has also been a major reason for avoiding sugary junk food. We were told that cavities hurt and they make your teeth rot, but what if a lot of what you were told was only part of the truth? 

Here’s a list of debunked myths about cavities and how they happen:

  1. You can always see your cavities when you have one

A cavity can happen on any part of the tooth. Simply not being able to see it doesn’t mean it isn’t there. One of the most common cavities that you barely notice are ones that form in between your teeth or underneath your gums.

2. You’ll always feel pain when you have a cavity

It’s a common misconception that cavities absolutely have to hurt. In reality, if your cavity’s already started hurting it means you’ve let it go untreated for too long. Once it hurts, it means the decay has reached the nerve, leaving it exposed. At that point you may be beyond a simple filling and closer to a possible root canal.

3. Will flossing/brushing ALWAYS prevent cavities?

Short answer? No. While flossing and brushing can help reduce the damage done by tooth decay, it’s not a sure-fire solution to never getting any cavities.  

4. Is sugar the only thing that will cause cavities?

While sugar consumption is a factor when it comes to causing cavities, it’s far from being the only thing that contributes to general tooth decay. Cavities are caused by anything that makes your mouth more acidic. Sugar causes cavities because it reacts with the bacteria in your mouth to create an acid-like substance that eats away at the enamel of your teeth. It’s important to brush your teeth so you can minimize the amount of bacteria that can react with the sugar entering your mouth.

If you need to have your teeth checked out in Surrey BC, call our dental and orthodontist office today. Don’t wait until it’s too late. Make your appointment today.

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