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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.

Posted on behalf of Laguna West Dental Care in Elk Grove

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Elk Grove, CA 95758

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Suzanne B.

As I was walking to my car after my appointment I thought, I sure am happy I come here. I get warm friendly service and gentle, thorough care throughout my visit. Dr. Chan and his staff are the best.

Jennifer B.

We've been so very happy with Dr. You and his staff since we moved to Sacramento in 1985! We've followed him to the current location in Laguna...he and his staff take such good care of all our dental needs. I have no hesitation in recommending their services!

Stephanie O.

In my 65 years on the planet, and hundreds of hours in former dentists' offices, Dr. You and his staff are by far the best I've ever encountered. My very recent crown replacement was 100 percent pain free! All phases of treatment, from removal of the old crown, mold taking and making, to the permanent placement with my brand new well-matched molar, was seamless. I respect and applaud Laguna West Dental Care for taking such talented care of me.

Janet S.

Since retiring, I drive and hour and a half each way to continue to see Dr. You and his entire staff ... and I hate to drive. No better dentist and hygenists in Sacramento and I have tried others over the years. Thank you for a great experience each and every time Laguna West!

Norman H.

In my 50+ years, I've probably had 7 to 8 dentists and have had my share of bad experiences that made me fearful of going to the dentist. But, after switching to Dr. Chan in 1991, I really couldn't be happier and don't dread dental appointments anymore. Dr. Chan is gentle and exceptionally good at giving shots that I can barely feel. He even calls me in the evening after every procedure to make sure I'm doing okay. The staff is friendly and caring and the facilities are nice. Highly recommended.

Carol D.

We've been patients of Dr. You and Dr. Chan since my son was in kindergarten - now a County employee. Everyone on the staff is great. I had one bad experience with a dentist referred by my insurance co. - I'd NEVER see a dentist again without a personal referral. Consider this mine to you -- Laguna West is an excellent choice!