Dental cavities are something no one wants to get but are sometimes inevitable based on how your teeth are set in your mouth (making cleaning certain areas more difficult to clean) and other factors such as diet. However, there are certain dental myths that exist that are providing people with inaccurate information.
Here are a few cavity myths that have been debunked.
“Sensitive teeth means you have cavities
While the Mayo Clinic explained that sensitivity can be an early indicator of cavity formation, the two conditions aren’t always linked. According to Academy of General Dentistry, 40 million Americans have sensitive teeth, and only a portion of those people have cavities. There are several other issues and ailments that can cause sensitivity. That list includes normal sensitivity following dental treatment, grinding teeth at night, gum recession and hard toothbrushes, which can wear down the protective enamel.
Cavities aren’t contagious
As Advantage Dental Services explained, babies aren’t born with any of the 23 bacterial strains that cause cavities. So, then, how does a child come into contact with these nasty cavity-causing microbes? Through their parents, specifically the mother. A number of studies, including a 2004 one that centered on Brazilian kids, found that mothers transmit the bacteria through breast milk and bond-building displays of affection like kissing and nuzzling. This process, called vertical transmission, can be mitigated if parents maintain proper oral care themselves.
Sugar is the only cause of cavities
A 2012 survey by the American Dental Association found that 81 percent of American adults think too much sugar causes everyone’s cavities. While cookies, soda pop, chocolate and other sugary treats certainly are to blame, Ft. Meyers Pediatric Dentistry explained that carbohydrates are another major cause. Like sugar, carbs can increase the acidity in your mouth, which leads to tooth decay. Carbs are plentiful in most people’s diets and include items like certain fruits and vegetables, potatoes, bread and rice.”
No matter your reason for getting a cavity, if you happen to get one or believe that you may be prone to getting them make sure you consult with your Ottawa dentist. They will be able to help you clean the hard to reach areas in your mouth and provide you with the best tips to help keep your mouth clean during your home maintenance routine.