Don’t Believe These Myths About Cavities
Do I have a cavity? It’s the question nearly every patient wants to know at the end of their dental visit. Tooth decay is one of the most common dental health afflictions. In fact, nearly 90% of the human population have suffered from at least one cavity in their lifetime. But how well do you understand cavities? Here are some of the most prevalent misconceptions surrounding tooth decay to help you filter fact from fiction.
Myth: You’ll know if you have a cavity.
Fact: Most cases of early tooth decay produce no symptoms at all. If you are suffering pain and sensitivity from a cavity, it is likely at an advanced stage.
Myth: Only children need to worry about cavities.
Fact: Unfortunately, cavities don’t discriminate based on age, ethnicity or gender. In fact, many adults are highly susceptible to cavities due to poor dental hygiene, smoking habits, dry mouth and other factors.
Myth: If your teeth are sensitive, you have a cavity.
Fact: While dental sensitivity to hot and cold can be a sign of severe tooth decay, it is more likely a result of receding gums, aggressive brushing habits or the recent use of teeth-whitening products.
Myth: Root canals are always performed because of cavities.
Fact: If you need a root canal, it doesn’t necessarily mean you have a bad cavity. Root canal treatment addresses serious damage to the tooth root, which can occur from accidental trauma, teeth grinding and other culprits.
Myth: Cavities in baby teeth don’t need treatment.
Fact: Not only can cavities in primary teeth cause significant pain and suffering for a child, it can also create consequences such as missed school days, overall health issues and damage to permanent teeth if left untreated.
The only surefire way to know if your teeth have early cavities is to visit your dentist for a routine checkup. At Laguna West Dental Care, we are prepared to treat our patients with the exceptional care and comfort they deserve. Call our Elk Grove dental office today to schedule your routine dental exam or cavity repair.
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