What You Should Know About Cavities

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What have you heard about cavities? Have you ever heard that if your child eats too much sugar, they’ll have a cavity? Do you wonder how much of that claim is true? Do you ever wonder if anything else you’ve heard about cavities could be inaccurate?

For example, 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.

Finally, have you been told that you’ll be able to feel a cavity if you have one? Sometimes you can, but often you won’t be able to recognize a cavity without help from a dentist. However, if you have a persistent toothache or suddenly sensitive teeth, you may have a cavity.

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.