There are lots of old wives tales and even modern gossip about dealing with cavities. While some tales have some truth to them, there are several out there in mainstream culture that can cause more harm than good if you listen to them. Some of them are even prevalent on popular social networking sites like Pinterest, Facebook and frequently read weblogs.
Myth #1: You can heal a cavity on your own.
If you’re on Pinterest, you’ve probably seen one of the popular DIY pins that says you can heal a cavity all on your own, by practicing a strict dietary regimen, taking specific supplements and increasing specific vitamin consumption. This just isn’t true. While an area of demineralized (weak) tooth enamel can remineralize if given the chance to do so (through better oral hygiene, diet, and fluoride supplementation), a full-blown cavity made up of decayed tooth enamel is physically impossible to reverse. The diseased area must be removed and restored with an amalgam or composite dental filling before it expands into the nerve or adjacent teeth.
Myth #2: If the pain goes away, you don’t need to worry about it.
Different types of dental infections can have symptoms that come and go, but disease conditions like cavities, periodontal disease and abscesses will only continue to get worse if they are left untreated. Thankfully for some, like small children for instance, the pain may go away over a short period of time. However, there are still living, active bacteria inside of the surrounding tissues that are feeding the infection and need to be removed so that the condition doesn’t cause serious complications.
Myth #3: Only sugar causes cavities.
Nope! Any food, given the opportunity, can contribute to tooth decay. Acidic foods in particular can lower the pH of the mouth and feed bacteria, resulting in large amounts of plaque. The more frequently you consume food, the more acid and bacterial exposure you have to your teeth, which increase tooth decay!
Posted on behalf of Dr. Mitul Patel
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