At McDonough Dentistry, we specialize in helping the McDonough, Stockbridge and surrounding communities remain cavity-free and maintain a regular dental cleaning routine. Whether you’re making an appointment for you or your child, we thoroughly screen every patient for signs of current or forming cavities. From causes to treatments, there are many misconceptions around cavities. Luckily, the experienced team at McDonough Family Dentistry is here to set the record straight.
Does Sugar Cause Cavities?
The short answer to this question? Yes. But sugar isn’t the only cause of cavities, and consuming sugar doesn’t guarantee you’ll have a mouth full of them. It’s not actually the sugar that causes cavities, it’s tooth decay. Food and drinks high in sugar create high acidity in your mouth which leads to plaque, then tooth decay, and then cavities.
Foods high in carbs and sugar are the main culprits behind tooth decay. Keep in mind that candies, sweets and processed foods are high in carbs and sugar, but whole grains, vegetables and fruits can also sneak in to produce harmful bacteria. This is why it’s essential to brush often, at least twice a day, and to wash away plaque built up during the day.
Other Common Misconceptions
While sugar being the sole cause of cavities may be the top myth in dentistry, it’s not the only one. Here are a few more misconceptions we hear often:
You’ll Always Feel a Cavity
It’s true that you may feel a little pain or sensitivity in your infected tooth, but that’s not always the case. Some cavities can go unnoticed for years. In fact, once you start feeling your cavity, that might mean it’s getting severe. Regular visits to our office will ensure we catch cavities before they cause you physical discomfort.
Baby Teeth Don’t Get Cavities
This is false. Baby teeth have enamel just like permanent teeth, meaning they’re susceptible to tooth decay and cavities. Enamel in children’s teeth is actually especially susceptible to cavities because children often have more exposure to sugary drinks, including bottles. It’s important to begin proper gum and tooth maintenance from the time your child grows their first tooth.
Fillings are Bad for Teeth
Silver fillings, also known as dental amalgam, contain mercury. Some believe this is harmful but that is luckily not the case. Mercury is used to bind the silver, tin and copper that make up dental amalgam, and years of research have proved these substances are not harmful to have on your teeth. Composite fillings are today’s most commonly used material for fillings, and they are safe as well.
Contact McDonough Center for Family Dentistry Today!
Do you have more cavity concerns? Our team at McDonough Dentistry is here to talk through them with you. The good news is that cavities are very preventable with the right dental care, and entirely treatable with an experienced team of dentists. We’re proud to serve the McDonough community with affordable dentistry for the whole family. Our flexible financing, knowledgeable dentists, thorough hygienists and helpful administrative staff make us the number one dentist office in McDonough and surrounding areas. Come visit us to see for yourself! Simply give us a call at 678-432-0209 or fill out our online contact form to get started today.