It may surprise you to learn that 90% of the human population will have a cavity at some point in their lives! Even if you’ve had a few dental cavities in the past, you may still be unsure of how cavities are detected and treated, why they occur in the first place, and how to avoid them.
Common Myths Regarding Dental Cavities
Below are a few common myths regarding dental cavities and what the truth really is!
Myth – You’ll be able to catch a dental cavity in the early stages – In reality, the beginning stages of tooth decay and dental cavities may cause no symptoms at all. You may not notice that anything is wrong until it’s an infection that’s reached all the way into the pulp of the tooth, finally causing pain.
Myth – Tooth sensitivity means you have a dental cavity – There are many reasons why your teeth may be sensitive including gum recession, the use of tooth-whitening products, or rough brushing habits. Dental cavities may be a cause of sensitivity, but only your dentist will be able to make this distinction.
Myth – Dental cavities in baby teeth don’t need to be treated – Even though a child’s tooth will fall out eventually, a baby tooth with a dental cavity still needs treatment. Not only will ignoring a cavity damage the structure of your child’s mouth, but they will be in pain until the tooth falls out.
Myth – Root canals are always performed because of dental cavities – Root canal treatment is needed when the roots of a tooth become damaged. Damage can be caused by dental cavities, but it can also be caused by trauma to the tooth or bruxism (nighttime clenching and grinding of the teeth).