Cavities are a common problem, with a variety of solutions. Depending on the state of a tooth, our dentist might recommend a crown or a filling to restore your smile. But, while a cavity is a common problem, many people believe misconceptions. To learn more, please continue reading.
Gaps and Clenching: Did you read that grinding or clenching your teeth might create a cavity? Were you told that people with gaps in their smile are more prone to having a cavity? Neither of these is actually true. Cavities are caused by bacteria, meaning that if you keep gaps clean, you won’t develop. However, if you grind or clench your teeth, you might create small crack. This could create a space for bacteria to grow.
You Can Find a Cavity: Have you ever heard that you can find a cavity on your own? This is only partially true. If you are able find cavity on your own, a dentist could have addressed it while it was smaller. This is a major reason that we recommend a checkup every six months. However, you recommend visiting a dentist if you have a toothache, holes or pits in your teeth, or any staining on your tooth’s surface.
Catastrophic Cavities: Have you heard that any filling you get will have to be replaced? Fortunately, this rumor isn’t true. In fact, many fillings last for a lifetime, especially with sound dental hygiene. Also, you may have heard that putting a painkiller on your gums is a good idea. It is not. In fact, a painkiller may damage your gums. If you need a painkiller, we recommend that you simply swallow it.
If you are interested in learning more about a dental cavity, please feel free to contact us. We are excited to helping you attain and maintain the healthy, happy smile you deserve.