Myth-busting Facts About Cavities
Posted on 1/11/2021 by Metropolitan Dental Specialty Group
|A cavity is caused by bacterial decay that leads to permanent holes in your teeth. Since enamel cannot regenerate, cavities are there to stay. If not treated in time, cavities can infect the inside of your tooth and will require more aggressive treatment options to restore.
At Metropolitan Dental Specialty Group, your doctor and your doctor explain some hard facts about cavities.
Cavities, Even Filled Ones, Should Never Be Ignored
A cavity is not something you can ignore. If you suspect you have a cavity, get an appointment with us and get it filled before it is in its initial stage. After that, you will still need to take good care of that tooth and the rest of your teeth.
That's because dental fillings may break down over time. In addition, a filling does not prevent further decay on your tooth. That's why exercising good oral care and keeping your six-monthly dental appointments are important.
Regular Brushing Is Not Enough To Prevent Cavities
Even though brushing is extremely important for your oral hygiene, it is not enough alone. Our diet today is high in sugars, starches, and acids, which can result in bacterial plaque.
That's why it is just as important to floss your teeth, use fluoride toothpaste, use an alcohol-free mouth rinse, and visit us regularly.
Cavities May Not Hurt
Many people think that if their teeth don't hurt, they don't have a cavity. However, cavities do not hurt when they are forming. That's because our enamel has no nerve endings and cannot feel the sensation. However, once the cavity grows deep enough to penetrate your dentin and dental pulp, you will feel sensitivity and pain.
However, at this time, it may be too late for a filling. You may have to resort to root canal therapy. Regular dental visits can help detect cavities in the early stages and quickly fix them.
The Mercury in Fillings Is Not Dangerous
According to the US Food and Drug Administration, mercury used in dental fillings is safe for children above the age of six and adults. When we clench or grind our teeth, our filling may release a tiny amount of mercury into our bodies. However, numerous scientific researches show that this minute amount does not pose any risk to human health.
Dental cavities are the most common type of oral health ailment. Some cavities may not seem so alarming, but if you allow them to grow, they can cause irreparable harm to your tooth. That is why we strongly recommend you visit Metropolitan Dental Specialty Group to ensure your dental health.
To schedule an appointment with us, call us today at (301) 585-0400.