The first step to healthy teeth is to know the truth about cavities. Remaining informed about oral health gives you the power to prevent decay, tooth and gum disease, and oral cancer. Here are cavity “facts” you had no idea were untrue:
Only Cavities Can Make Your Teeth Sensitive
Tooth enamel is quite delicate and there may be a number of reasons behind sensitivity. Brushing too roughly, or using a toothbrush with bristles that are too hard can cause tooth sensitivity. Acidic foods, tooth grinding, and excessive plaque could also be the culprit.
Adults Can’t Get Cavities
The general assumption that only children get cavities due to their overconsumption of sweets has long been debunked. Cavities know no age limit and are increasingly prevalent in adults due to smoking, drinking, and mouth-drying medications.
Only People With Severe Cavities Need Root Canals
A root canal is performed to treat an infection within the tooth. The procedure is not only performed to treat tooth decay, but also for leaky fillings and trauma. Ways to avoid root canals are to maintain good oral hygiene, avoid sugar consumption, wear mouth guards, and quit smoking. If you have pain only your doctor would be able to determine if you need a root canal and provide you with treatment options.
Don’t Eat Sugar to Avoid Any Cavities
While sweets are the top causes of cavities, they are not the only ones. It is not the sugar itself that causes cavities, but the bacteria-produced acid. While sugar is one of the many foods that contribute to cavity growth, so are carbs, acidity (watch out for those cocktails!), and even receding gum lines that expose the roots of your teeth not protected by enamel.
If you suspect you have a cavity, schedule an appointment with your dentist now. Call 01604 809668 or visit www.cliftonvilledental.co.uk/contact/book-online to book your appointment online.