How can you sort the truth about dental care from the erroneous information that is perpetuated? Learn the truth about some common dental myths here:
1. Eating Sugar Causes Tooth Decay
While an overly sweet diet does have its health risks, it’s actually the acid produced by bacteria in your mouth that causes cavities. However, the bacteria do live off of carbohydrates, including sugar, rice, potatoes, fruit and vegetables, and bread.
2. Eating Acidic Foods Causes Tooth Decay
Again, this myth is partially true. Acidic foods don’t cause decay, but do weaken tooth enamel, making your teeth more susceptible to decay.
3. Decay in Baby Teeth Can Be Ignored
Tooth decay in baby teeth can cause your child pain, which can affect your child’s ability to focus in school and other aspects of life. In addition, decay in baby teeth can cause damage to the crowns of developing permanent teeth, resulting in long-term dental problems.
4. Apply Aspirin to the Gum to Relieve a Toothache
Placing an aspirin on your gums is not only ineffective in treating pain in your tooth, it can also burn gum tissue, resulting in additional pain. Remember, you wouldn’t apply an aspirin to the outside of your body for any other ache or pain, and a toothache is no exception.
5. You’ll Know if You Have a Cavity
Mild tooth decay has no symptoms. When pain results from tooth decay, the cavity has already advanced significantly. Proper oral hygiene practices help keep tooth decay at bay, and regular dental check-ups allow your dentist to catch early signs of cavities.
The experienced and compassionate staff of Dental Care of Stamford is here to care for your dental needs. We offer dental experts who specialize in a variety of procedures, including orthodontics and TMJ treatment. Schedule your appointment today by calling (203) 324-6171.