Myths About Tooth Cavities

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Written by Nancy

Cavities are one of the most serious health issues in the U.S. According to the statistics, 91% of American adults have suffered from cavities at least once in their lives, and 27 percent of them have untreated caries that they tend to ignore. 

Unfortunately, there are many widespread myths about cavities. Dentists believe that it is important to refute such myths to take better care of their teeth and prevent cavities from affecting them. This blogpost will highlight some of the myths and explain why they aren’t true. 

Cavities Have Obvious Symptoms

One of the most common myths or misunderstandings that people have about cavities is that they are always evident. However, this isn’t true. In most cases, a person can’t tell when cavities start to develop. In its initial stages, cavities are neither painful nor accompanied by any obvious symptoms

According to many dentists, you can’t feel any pain when cavities start affecting your teeth’s outer enamel. Gradually, they reach the dentin, and you can only feel pain once a cavity has already damaged the dentin. 

Avoiding Sugary Foods Is Enough

Contrary to popular belief, sugar is not the actual cause of cavities. According to dentists, bacteria in the mouth produce an acid responsible for the growth of cavities. Besides sugar, many other foods rich in carbs can also trigger this acid’s production and result in cavities. Just avoiding sugary foods is not enough, and it is very important to take care of your teeth every day to prevent cavities.  

Only Kids Can Get Cavities 

Many kids are indeed affected by cavities, but that doesn’t mean that adults are any less vulnerable. Aging adults and senior citizens are at an increased risk because they have greater gingival recession due to which their root surfaces are exposed. Moreover, many medicines that produce xerostomia can also cause cavities, and this is why 50% of the people aged 75 or above have a cavity in at least one tooth. 

All Types of Gums Lead to Cavity 

According to statistics, 374 billion pieces of chewing gum are consumed every day across the world. These numbers suggest that chewing gums can have a significant impact on oral health. There is a widespread belief that all chewing gums are bad and lead to cavities. 

Professional Dentists smiling at the clinic.

While this claim might be true about poor quality sugary gums, but there are many sugar-substituted chewing gums available in the market. Such gums can fight cavities by producing more saliva and preventing tooth decay. 

Copperhill Smiles is a professional dental clinic offering a wide range of dental services. They have a professional staff experienced in emergency tooth extraction, general dentistry, and cosmetic dentistry services. Get in touch with them today to book your appointment on the same day. 


About the author


I’m Nancy and no, I didn’t always look like I do in that picture on the right. My foray into health and fitness began as a brace-faced, 16 year-old who was too afraid to wear a two-piece at the beach because I felt my body paled in comparison to my much more toned friends.

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