Dentist Columbia SC Dr. Gregory Wych wants to know how much you really know about your teeth. For example, fact or myth: Is sugar the prime culprit of cavities? If you said that’s a fact, you’d be incorrect. The truth is, acid produced by bacteria in your mouth is the primary cause of cavities.
So, as you read the following - you decide - is it fact or myth?
1. Exposure to acidic foods, like lemons, causes tooth decay.
Fact. Acidic foods don't cause cavities, but they can tear down your enamel and weaken your tooth, making it more prone to decay.
2. An aspirin placed next to a tooth will help a toothache.
Myth. Swallowing aspirin is what helps reduce toothache pain, and placing it beside the tooth can actually burn your gum tissue, causing an abscess.
3. All fillings eventually need replacing.
Myth. A filling only needs to be replaced if it breaks down or a cavity forms around it, or if the tooth fractures.
4. If you have a cavity, you'll know it.
Myth. Mild tooth decay doesn't cause symptoms - the pain we associate with cavities comes when tooth decay is more advanced and damages the nerve.
5. Once a tooth is treated, the decaying stops.
Fact. Once you get a cavity filled - and if you maintain good brushing, flossing, and rinsing habits - you typically won't get decay in that spot again.
6. Gaps, chips and cracks in teeth encourage cavities.
Fact. If you have a small gap between your teeth - or cracks and chips - and can't clean it, you're more likely to develop tooth decay there.
7. Sensitivity in teeth means you have decay.
Myth. Tooth sensitivity could just mean you have hypersensitive teeth, gum recession that's exposed some root or a cracked or broken tooth.
8. Cavities are the only reason for root canals.
Myth. You need a root canal if the nerve inside a tooth is damaged. Untreated cavities may eventually lead to nerve damage, but there other causes, too.
9. Clenching and grinding may lead to cavities.
Fact. This is one of the most destructive things you can do to your teeth, as it puts tremendous pressure on your teeth for extended periods.
Remember…prevention is key! Call your dentist Columbia Dr. Gregory Wych today to schedule your next checkup and fight cavities before they form!