Monday, 10 December 2018

Some Myths and Facts about Cavities



We all know how bad a cavity can turn out to be. And since it is one of the most talked about topics of dentistry, you can expect people to believe in some myths about it. What’s dangerous is that those myths are propagated in the way they shouldn’t be shared. Having that said, it would be worth mentioning some myths and facts about cavities.

Myths
  • Many people don’t consider it a problem if their teeth do not hurt. The matter of fact is that pain is just a symptom and it usually appears when a condition has worsened quite alarmingly. In case of a cavity, pain usually starts when the nerve is infected. This is the reason that regular checkup are very important.
  • Since there is a common belief that sugar causes cavities, people usually think that consuming sugar free soda are not going to cause cavities. The matter of fact is that soda, with or without sugar, contains a lot of acid. This acid can wreak havoc on teeth by demineralizing them. This is the point from where tooth erosion can start and lead thing to tooth decay and cavities.
  • Sometimes, you might get a brown spot on your teeth. That brown spot is not necessarily going to be a cavity. It may be a discoloration which you can get rid of by visiting the dentist.
  • While you may be able to find some relief by putting aspirin next to the decayed tooth, it is not going to be helpful in the long run. People think that it cures cavity mainly due to the fact that it provides some relief from pain.
  • Just because you have got your decayed tooth covered by filling doesn’t mean that it is going to remain like this forever. Fillings last for a certain period of time. You can make it last a bit longer by taking care of your oral hygiene in an ideal way. But, it is never going to last for a lifetime.
Facts
  • One thing that you have to keep in mind about sugar is that it can cause cavities. Despite that fact that sugar does nothing if bacteria do not interact with it, there is no chance that bacteria will interact in this scenario. Any leftover of sugar is going to be consumed by bacteria; and the byproduct in form of an acid is going to contribute in the decay of tooth.
  • The cavity is irreversible. Although tooth enamel is the strongest part of the body, it doesn’t have a life. It consists of mineralized crystals which can get demineralized due to acid interaction. Although the teeth are re-mineralized due to flow of saliva and other factors, this process is much slower and smaller as compared to what bacterial interaction can do after releasing acids. And since enamel is not a living part of the body, it doesn’t heal.
  • If you have a cavity and you are not paying attention to it, it can turn into a bigger problem. The worse cases are treatable only by root canal or tooth extraction.
  • Even if you get a tooth filled, it can still get a cavity because it has the enamel with it.

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