Uncovering Cavity Myths

While they are many things that do cause cavities & can increase your susceptibility to cavities, at the New Jersey dental office of Lakeview Dental Care, we want to debunk some of the commonly accepted myths about these pesky pockets of decay.


Sugar is the Prime Cause of Cavities

Ok, this one isn’t a total myth. However, it’s important to know that it’s not the sugar itself that causes cavities, it’s actually the acid that’s produced by bacteria in your mouth when you eat carbohydrates like sugar. When the carbohydrates enter your mouth, the bacteria is triggered to make acid. This acid can then eat into your teeth & create little cavities.


Kids Are More Likely to Get Cavities Than Adults

Cavities in kids used to be a lot more common than they are now. With the help of sealants & an increase in education on the importance of preventive care, the amount of cavities in kids has decreased dramatically. However, the number of cavities in older adults has actually increased. This is in part due to certain medications that cause dry mouth & reduce saliva production. Saliva is extremely important in fighting decay because it helps to neutralize acids & wash away bacteria.


If You Have a Cavity, You’ll Know It

Most people think that you’ll know you have a cavity because it will hurt. Not necessarily. In fact, mild tooth decay doesn’t have any symptoms & the pain we associate with a cavity comes later, when the decay is more advanced & causes damage to the nerve.

This is one of the reasons keeping up with dental check ups from your dentist is so important. If a cavity is caught early, there won’t be much, or any, pain associated with it. However, if a cavity continues to grow, it may lead to additional dental procedures like crowns or even root canals.

If you’re due for a checkup, call our dental office today. Lakeview Dental Care will perform an in-depth exam & we’ll work together to stop any problems before they really have a chance to cause bigger issues.

Call us today with any questions or to book your appointment!


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