From a young age, cavities are usually our introduction to the negative ramifications of poor dental health. Many children grow up enjoying sugary treats with abandon, and cavities are, unfortunately, the consequence.
That’s why, as kids, we are taught that sugar is the enemy, but often, that’s all we are taught! As a result, there are many myths about cavities in circulation. We’re here to bust them and explain the truth about cavities and how you can prevent them.
It’s a prevalent misconception that sugar is the sole perpetrator of cavities. While sugar is undoubtedly a top offender when it comes to cavities, starchy foods like bread and pasta also do significant damage.
Sugary and starchy foods contribute most to the development of cavities because they produce acid in the saliva that wears away at our enamel.
As long as you keep your consumption of sugars and starches moderate and remember to brush and floss regularly, you shouldn’t have to worry.
There is a common misconception that pretty much all foods are harmful to dental health because they contribute to plaque. In reality, some foods are good while some are bad for our teeth.
On the flip side, some foods and drinks can actually benefit your dental health and prevent cavities. Foods and beverages rich in fiber, calcium, or polyphenols and foods that get your saliva flowing (like chewing gum) can help your teeth defend themselves against cavities. (Source)
We all know that mercury is poisonous. Many fear getting fillings for their cavities for this reason. But, there’s no need to worry. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration considers dental amalgam, or silver fillings, safe for adults and children ages six and above. (Source)
Many believe that once a cavity starts to form, there’s no going back. This common belief may be because, all too often, cavities don’t reverse. However, our teeth can repair damage as long as the enamel is not damaged. Once that happens, it is impossible to go back.
Since it’s challenging to detect cavities by oneself, the best thing you can do to keep cavities from forming and worsening is to maintain proper dental hygiene by brushing and flossing regularly and using a toothpaste and mouthwash with fluoride.
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