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You’ve probably heard something about cavities—in fact, you’ve probably had a cavity or two. But did you know there are several misconceptions surrounding cavities? To help you separate fact from fiction, we’re happy to dispel some of the more common cavity myths.

For instance, have you heard that when you have a cavity, you’ll be able to see or feel it? Have you heard that you should wait until you can see a cavity to visit your dentist? Please don’t do this. The main problem is that you often won’t be able to identify a cavity. Fortunately, there are a few things you can watch for, including a persistent toothache or suddenly sensitive teeth,

Similarly, you’ve probably heard that cavities are caused by sugar. This isn’t quite true. In fact, cavities are caused by acids that break down the outer layer of your teeth and promote tooth decay. Unfortunately, bacteria from sugar and other foods eventually become the harmful acid.

You may also believe that only children get cavities, or at least that children get far more cavities than adults. In reality, adults are just as prone to cavities as children. Adult’s gums can pull away from their teeth, exposing more vulnerable areas to decay. Similarly, decay is more likely to appear near your fillings.

If you would like to learn more, or are interested in having your cavity filled, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We’re excited to hear from you.