Cavities are one of the most common dental concerns we hear about at our dental offices in Manassas and Reston. While worries about cavities are valid since they can lead to pain, sensitivity, and more serious oral health conditions, there are many beliefs behind cavities that just aren’t true.
Fact or Fiction: Sugar is the main cause of cavities.
Fiction. But almost fact. Bacteria are the main cause behind cavities. Bacteria produces acid, acid destroys teeth, and cavities are formed. But where does the bacteria come from? Carbohydrates. Carbohydrates found in bread, rice, potatoes, and yes, sugar, are the main triggers behind bacteria production.
Fact or Fiction: Kids are more likely to get cavities than adults.
Fiction. Developments in dental technology and prevention has led to a decrease in tooth decay in children by half in the last 20 years. This means that children are actually at lower risk for cavities than their grandparents. Senior citizens are at the highest risk for cavities because a lot of medications lead to dry mouth, lack of saliva production, and in turn, tooth decay and cavities.
Fact or Fiction: Acidic foods cause tooth decay.
Fact. Foods that are high in acid like lemons, citrus fruits, and soda really increase the chance for decay. The acid actually eats away at the protective enamel, putting your teeth at greater risk for cavities.
Fact or Fiction: Gaps in teeth increase the likelihood of cavities.
Fact. Gaps provide a great place for bacteria to hide. They’re also hard to reach and properly clean, leaving you more susceptible to cavities. However, larger gaps are much easier to clean than small gaps and aren’t as worrisome.
A few longstanding facts to protect your smile against cavities? Maintain regularly scheduled appointments at our Manassas or Reston dental office, proper at-home oral care, and drink plenty of water. Don’t let cavities affect your grin. Call us today!
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