Most people know what cavities are (damage to a tooth due to decay), but there’s tons of misinformation out there about prevention and treatment. Here are 5 myths about cavities and how to prevent them.
Brushing your teeth is an essential part of your oral health, and you should brush your teeth twice a day, but brushing alone isn’t enough to stop cavities. Brushing can’t get rid of all of the plaque in between your teeth, so you need to incorporate flossing into your daily routine to ensure you get rid of as much plaque as possible. In addition to brushing and flossing, it’s also helpful to use mouthwash to reduce bacteria.
You’re always warned to stay away from sugar, sweets, soft drinks, etc. because they can cause cavities. Bad bacteria often come from sugary foods and drinks, but they can also come from healthier foods like whole grains, fruits, and vegetables. For example, the starch in bread turns into sugar and, because of the texture, stays on your teeth long after you’ve finished eating. To be safe, try to brush your teeth as often as possible after eating.
The only way you’ll know that you have a cavity is if it has advanced far enough to cause pain. Most of the time you won’t know a cavity is there, which makes your six-month cleanings that much more important. At regular cleanings your dentist will check for cavities, so they can catch them before they get to the point of being painful.
Medications like aspirin are meant to be ingested, so putting it next to the tooth likely will not help. Furthermore, taking pain medications for tooth pain is often just a short-term solution because the pain will most likely persist. If you’re experiencing tooth pain you should make an appointment to check in with your dentist right away. This way, you’ll know if it’s a cavity or something else and it can be addressed quickly, and before the problem can get worse.
Once you get a cavity filled you might think the tooth is better forever. This isn’t true. First, you need to take care of the tooth so you don’t develop another cavity. Secondly, the filling probably won’t last forever. You may need to get it replaced after years of wear and tear.
So, we’ve busted some of these cavity myths for you, but the best way to not have to worry about cavities is to work on preventing them. Make sure to brush and floss your teeth, especially after eating sugary foods. Be sure to visit your dentist every six months not only to remove plaque but also to let your dentist have a look and make sure all of your teeth look good. Due for a cleaning? Make an appointment by calling The Dental Care Center at 888-978-1779.