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Myths & Misconceptions Regarding Dental Cavities

Three woman with thumbs upAround 90% of the human population has suffered from a dental cavity at one point or another. In fact, they’re the most common of all dental diseases! Even if you’ve had a dental cavity in the past, you might still be unclear about how they develop, how to treat them, and how you can avoid them and help your family avoid them too.

Common Dental Cavity Myths

Below are a few common misconceptions about dental cavities and the truth behind the myths:

  • Children are more susceptible to dental cavities – In reality, there has been a decrease of dental cavities among children. This is likely due to fluoridated water and pediatric dental treatment. Many adults experience dental cavities because of inadequate dental hygiene or the consumptions of medications that can cause dry mouth.
  • Tooth sensitivity means a dental cavity – A dental cavity is not the only reason for tooth sensitivity. Other causes can include gum recession, the use of tooth whitening products, grinding the teeth, or brushing too roughly. A trip to the dentist is the only real way to rule out a dental cavity as the cause of tooth sensitivity.
  • You’ll be able to detect a dental cavity early on – The earlier stages of tooth decay often come with no discernable symptoms. It’s possible that you may not know you have a cavity until the decay has reached the roots of the tooth. This is why regular dental checkups, which allow for early detection, are so important.
  • Cavities in baby teeth don’t need treatment – Many parents believe that, because baby teeth will fall out eventually, they don’t need to be treated for cavities or decay. However, baby teeth are very important to protecting the structure of the child’s mouth. Additionally, having a cavity filled will prevent your child from feeling the unnecessary pain of an infection.

Here at Lockett Orthodontics, we know that oral hygiene is important, especially during your child’s orthodontic treatment. Please make sure to schedule regular dental cleanings and exams with your general dentist even during orthodontic treatment.

For more information on keeping your teeth healthy while wearing braces, or to make an appointment with Dr. Rhoda Lockett, please contact Lockett Orthodontics. Our office is located here in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

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