Tooth decay is a subject almost everyone has an opinion on, whether that be made after studying tooth decay or believing what is commonly known about it. This will of course lead to a lot of misconceptions about the subject, which we at Smiling Magic Dentistry have taken the liberty to address.
#1: Only Sugar Can Cause Cavities
- Almost a Fact
While the Orange County based dentist classifies this as an almost fact, the primary cause of cavities is the acid produced in our mouths due to bacteria. This process can be jumpstarted by eating any type of carb, which includes sugar, rice, potatoes, bread, vegetables and fruits etc.
#2: Acid Causes Tooth Decay
As mentioned above, cavities are caused by the acid that’s produced in our mouths which can lead to tooth decay as well. Acidic foods especially are able to break down the teeth’s outer shell (enamel) which in turn weakens the tooth and increases the risk of tooth decay. This is why dentists recommend people to go easy on such foods and drinks, while practicing good oral care.
#3: Kids Are Susceptible To More Cavities than Adults
This may have been true once upon a time but now thanks to fluoride in tap water, there has been a stark decline in tooth decay among school aged children by nearly half in the last 20 years or so. Tooth decay in senior citizens on the other hand is increasing largely due to medication that makes the mouth dry and reduces saliva.
#4: Taking Aspirin Will Help with a Tooth Ache
To ease the pain, you will have to swallow the medication and since aspirin is acidic it could very well burn the gum tissue in your mouth as well as cause a painful abscess to develop if placed next to a tooth.
#5: You Will Know When You Have a Cavity
There isn’t an absolute certainty whether you will be able to correctly identify a cavity, but by the time you do know it will have already spread to larger proportions. This is one more reason why regular dental appointments are extremely important as your dentist will more likely be able to catch a cavity before it has a chance to spread.
Many people still believe these misconceptions, which is why they are late in referring to an Orange County Dentist when tooth problems occur. Be one in a million and schedule an appointment today with the Smiling Magic Dentistry!