1. Only sugary foods / drinks cause cavities
Plaque that is formed on the teeth is a sticky film of bacteria. If not removed effectively, when one eats or drinks foods containing sugar, the bacteria in the plaque produces an acid which attacks the enamel of the tooth. This constant contact of acid on your teeth, over time breaks down the enamel, which is when a cavity forms.
2. Children are more prone to cavities than adults
Kids are actually not inherently more prone to decay. They’re just not as good at brushing! Teaching your child thorough brushing techniques and helping them out until they’re dexterous enough to do a good solo job will lower their chances of getting cavities.
3. My teeth are fine if I have no pain
Decay can eat clear through your enamel and dentin before some people feel it at all! This is why 6 month checkups are so important. Catching tooth decay early typically allows for more of the tooth to be saved as well as sparing discomfort and cost.
4. If my gums bleed I should stop flossing
Actually, it’s the exact opposite. Bleeding gums are often the first sign of gum disease. Bleeding occurs when bacterial infections inflame your gums due to a lack of efficient cleaning. Floss gently if your gums are sensitive, but be thorough and extra diligent. Using mouthwash can also help to eliminate bacteria in the mouth.
5. After dental work is done on a tooth, it’s stronger than ever
This, unfortunately, is not always the case. One of the biggest risk factors for decay is previously having it. Dental crowns and fillings are great for fixing issues, but they are not perfect. Each filling and crown has nooks and crannies where bacteria can hide, especially as the restorations age. Having regular checkups helps to alleviate any further issues.
At Hilltop Dental, we pride ourselves in providing the absolute best experience to all of our patients. We take the time to explain each procedure to our patients in great detail as well as answer any questions or concerns that they may have.
Please contact us for any additional questions!