Busting the Myths about Cavities

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Busting the Myths about Cavities

There is no denying that dental care is very essential in a person’s overall health. The pain and discomfort can be very distressing when tooth problems start up. With the teeth very evident in day to day social interaction, oral hygiene becomes more important. Perhaps due to the significance of oral hygiene, we have been exposed, through the years, misconceptions about cavities that have huge implications in the way we handle dental care. Here are some of these myths and the truth behind it.

Myth: Kids are more likely than adults to get cavities.

This misconception may have started years ago when it was a common occurrence to see kids with tooth decay. With the advent of new dental products and increased awareness of dental care, children’s tooth decay may have dropped significantly. What has caught the attention of dental care providers is the increase in the cavities among senior citizens. This may be due to special circumstances among the elderly such as having dry mouths as a result of certain medications. With less saliva to combat acids in the teeth, to wash away bacteria, to prevent food from sticking in the teeth, we are now seeing higher incidence rates of adults having cavities.

Myth: Placing aspirin next to a tooth eases toothache

Aspirin may be a pain killer but it works when swallowed and not when put in the tooth causing the pain. Doing that will only worsen the toothache since aspirin is acidic that can actually damage the gum tissue thereby resulting to an abscess. So if you have to use aspirin for toothache, take it down with water and not by placing it near the tooth responsible for the pain.

Myth: Tooth fillings have to be replaced sooner or later
With the proper dental care, tooth fillings may last a lifetime. It is only when these filings are broken or when cavity forms that they have to be replaced. But if these circumstances do not occur, then the tooth fillings may not have to be replaced for life.

Myth: Tooth decay causes sensitivity in teeth

While tooth decay may definitely make your teeth sensitive, this is not the only reason. It is possible that this sensitivity may be due to a recessed gum that has exposed the very delicate root. Another reason may be the presence of cracked or fracture teeth. This sensitivity may even be due to simply having hypersensitive teeth.

Myth: You will know it if you have a cavity

It is only when the cavity has become worse that symptoms may appear. In the early stages where cavity may be mild, you can keep on going without feeling any symptoms. But once cavity starts, then there is no stopping it from getting worse. It may continue its damage until more drastic actions are needed. So the best course of action is prevention by taking good care of your teeth through healthy dental practices and seeing the dentist regularly.

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