There is probably one word that no child or parent wants to hear from their dentist: cavity. Cavities are extremely common and often require a return visit for a filling. Whether you are a child or a grownup no one wants to find out they have a cavity and schedule a filling. Many kids are afraid of having cavities and getting a filling. And beyond the fear of the procedure, a lot of kids see cavities as a reflection on their dental habits not being good enough or even as a punishment for not taking better care of their teeth. It’s important to break a few myths about cavities and remind our kids that although a cavity isn’t something we want, they shouldn’t feel bad about it.
The biggest myth about cavities is that the only cause is bad brushing and flossing. While it is true the best way to prevent cavities is by taking care of your teeth. Some cavities are virtually unpreventable. In some cases, cavities can be caused by genetics or even the geometry of a new tooth. Unfortunately, many kids believe that cavities are only caused by bad dental habits. Every kid should know the importance of brushing their teeth, but it is also important to understand that a cavity should not make them feel like it was there fault.
Many adults shirk off going to the dentist because they don’t feel anything wrong in their mouths. In fact, that is a very dangerous decision. There are a lot of dental problems that can go unnoticed for a while before they become much bigger issues. Tooth decay does not always cause pain at first. And it is much better to catch a cavity early than to catch it later. The longer you have a cavity the more damage it will do. This is why it is recommended to see a dentist twice per year.
This is a myth that unfortunately many adults believe. Similarly, some adults do not realize that just because you have had a filling, you can actually get a new cavity on the same tooth that previously had one. Many adults believe that cavities are really only a kid problem. But cavities can happen at any age for a variety of reasons. Poor dental habits, dry mouth, increased intake of sugary foods or foods with high acidity, and genetic predisposition can all lead to cavities.
The best way to prevent cavities is to see your dentist regularly. Scheduling two appointments per year can help catch cavities before they do years of damage to your teeth. Click here to schedule an appointment at our office in Revere.