Ten Myths and a Fact about Cavities

We’ve heard many tales and been given advice our whole lives on how to brush properly, what not to eat and in general, ways to keep the sugar bugs away.  But how much of that is truth and how much of that are old wives tales? See for yourself.

1. Only Sugar Causes Cavities

This one is tricky.  Cavities are formed by bacteria in your mouth.  It is true that carbs can cause the bacteria.  This does include sugar, potatoes, bread, rice, etc . . .

2. Kids Get More Cavities than Adults

Senior Citizens are getting more cavities these days due to new medicines on the market that dry out the mouth.  Reduced saliva means less protection for your teeth.

3. Aspirin Next to a Tooth Will Ease a Toothache

Aspirin only works when you ingest it.  Also, aspirin is acidic and could burn your gums and even cause sores in your mouth.

4. All Fillings Will Need to be Replaced

The life expectancy of your fillings depends on your oral hygiene habits. Take care of your teeth and they will take care of you.

5. You’ll Know When You Have a Cavity

Though cavities can be painful, regular dental check-ups can help the doctor find a cavity before you know it’s there.

6. Treated Cavities are Prone to Decay

Once you get a filling and all decay is removed, your tooth can last a lifetime if you continue to practice good dental habits.

7. Clenching and Grinding May Lead to Cavities

Another tricky myth.  Remember, bacteria causes cavities.  However, when you grind or clench your teeth it adds tremendous pressure and can cause fractures in the teeth for that bacteria to invade.

8. Teeth Sensitivity Means you Have a Cavity

Yes, cavities may cause pain and sensitivity.  But so do many other things.

9. Cavities are the Only Reason for Root Canals

Root Canals are primarily performed if a nerve inside the tooth is damaged.

10. Babies Can’t get Cavities

Baby teeth are prone to cavities which can spread to other teeth if not treated.


No bacteria on your teeth means no cavities!  Brush twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste, floss and rinse daily and see Dr. Cash at least twice a year.

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(source: Webmd)