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Have you ever had a cavity? If you have, you aren’t alone. In fact, tooth decay is one of the most common dental problems Americans face. Sadly, many of the concerns you may have heard about aren’t anything to concern yourself with. In fact, much of what you’ve been told could be inaccurate. To help you separate fact from fiction, we are happy to provide you with some information on a dental cavity.

Causes of Cavities: Did you hear that grinding or clenching your teeth might cause a cavity?  While this isn’t true, teeth grinding can cause cracks in your smile. This will allow bacteria to grow inside these cracks and make the bacteria hard to remove—promoting cavities. Conversely, if you have gaps in your smile—but remove the bacteria—your teeth should be safe from cavities.

Cavities and Your Kids: Everyone knows that children get more cavities than adults, right? Years ago, this was true. However, in the last few decades, the number of cavities found in children has been reduced to nearly half. Tooth decay is caused by bacteria—not by sugar—meaning that as long as you clean away bacteria, your child should be safe.

Catastrophic Cavities: Have you heard that any filling you get will have to be replaced? Fortunately, this rumor isn’t true. In fact, many fillings last for a lifetime, especially if you practice proper dental hygiene. Also, if you are seeking a solution for the pain caused by a tooth cavity, you may have heard that putting a painkiller on your gums is a good idea. It is not. In fact, the painkiller could damage your gums. If you need a painkiller, we recommend that you simply swallow it.

If you would like to learn more about a cavity, or are interested in scheduling an appointment with our dentist, please feel free to contact us. We are excited to hear from you.