There is a lot of misinformation out there (and online) about anything you can imagine. This includes your dental health. Let’s address some common misconceptions and truths about what causes cavities and what you can do to prevent them.
Cavities aren’t just for children
Sugary drinks, genetics, and inadequate dental habits can lead to cavities at any age. Even certain medications can dry out the mouth, preventing saliva from acting as a buffer between your teeth and acids. These acids can lead to cavity development. The trick is to pay attention to what you’re eating and how often you brush and floss. Remember, it is your responsibility to brush twice a day, floss, and rinse. Regular dental cleanings are integral to maintaining a healthy mouth, but you need to do your part as well.
A filled tooth can still get a cavity
Fillings can last a decade or longer. In rears cases, that filling can break down causing tooth decay around the edges.
If you don’t fix a cavity now, it’ll get worse
One of the primary reasons for regular dental checkups is so your dentist can check for cavities. Sometimes you can determine if you have one on your own, but for the teeth in the back of your mouth it is nearly impossible to tell. At a dental cleaning, X-rays and photographs are taken in part to look for signs of tooth decay and to treat it immediately. If left untreated, you may have to get a root canal or tooth removal down the road.
Brown spots aren’t always cavities
In many cases the decay process may have begun, then stopped. This typically happens when the tooth enamel hardens up once more, resulting in a discolored look.
You can’t reverse tooth decay
The enamel on the tooth surface can be remineralized and decay can be slowed down, but once bacteria breaks through the enamel, there’s no going back. You can’t brush a cavity away. Instead, you need to get it fixed in the from of a filling or other methods depending on what stage the cavity is at.
Arrange a consultation
To arrange your next dental cleaning, call Broadway Family Dentistry at (701) 839-1299 at our office in Minot, North Dakota. We look forward to serving you!