Fact and Fiction about Cavities

When it comes to cavities, there is a lot of information available out there on everything from how to avoid them to what to do if you get one. It can be hard sometimes to separate the fact from the fiction. Let us take a look at some common myths about cavities and then provide some truths to set the record straight.

One of the biggest myths about cavities is that you will always know it when you have one. The logic goes that since a cavity is caused by decay, there has got to be some level of pain involved with it. While cavities certainly can cause pain, that is not always the case. That is why it is important to get a regular exam done by a dentist. Most people also assume that only sugar causes cavities. What actually happens is that bacteria in our mouth produce harmful acids when they metabolize the sugar in food that we eat. This acid is what causes the decay. In addition to sweets, our body breaks carbs into sugar as we digest them. That means in addition to sugary foods, it is wise to limit your carb intake. The last myth that needs to be debunked is that a baby cannot get a cavity. Unfortunately, baby teeth are just as prone to decay as primary teeth.

If you are experiencing tooth pain, it may be from a cavity, but it may also be from an infected nerve. With tooth pain, it is always better to be safe than sorry. Contact our expert in emergency root canal as soon as possible.