The Worst Advice We’ve Ever Heard about Cavities – Part 2 of 2

This week Cox Family Dentistry will cover the second part of the worst advice we’ve ever heard about cavities! Last time we talked about how you can brush cavities away or even wait and your cavities will go away on its own.  If you don’t care for cavities, your cavity will grow to where you might need a crown or even a root canal. In Part 2 of this cavity series, we will go through more “fake” advice and tell you what the real facts are.


4. I don’t have any cavity pain, so I don’t have to see a dentist yet.

Not good advice for cavities. Even though you don’t have any cavity pain, it doesn’t mean you don’t need to see a dentist! Not having any pain just means the cavity hasn’t progressed enough to reach your nerves. You still need to come in. For anything! If you have any oral concerns, it is always best to go see the dentist. Don’t let it progress to pain.


5. If I place an aspirin next to my cavity it will help take the pain away.

Don’t do this. This is not only false but it can cause further damage. Aspirin works by blocking the production of certain chemicals in your blood. When taken orally (swallowed), the pill is then broken down and absorbed into your bloodstream and travels to the areas where you are feeling cavity pain and blocks the pain. When you place an aspirin next to your cavity, it can cause a chemical burn on the gums and surrounding tissue. Aspirin’s real name is Acetylsalicylic Acid. So you are putting acid on sensitive areas of the mouth. Take pain medicine as directed on the bottle and come in for an emergency appointment if the cavity pain is too much. 

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6. Don’t worry about cavities in baby teeth, they are just going to fall out.

False. Not caring for your child’s teeth, can impair a child’s ability to eat, speak, sleep and learn. Teeth need to be healthy and strong. If a child loses a tooth prematurely due to cavities, this can cause issues when their permanent teeth develop or grow in. If the tooth’s space is not filled, it can cause other teeth to drift into that space leaving little room for the adult tooth to grow in. It can also cause bone loss. It is always important to have good oral care for your child to prevent cavities.


Don’t listen to just anybody’s advice on oral health and cavity concerns. Always consult a professional. When it comes to cavities and tooth decay, it is best to see the dentist and get it taken care of. Remember, the only way to completely remove a cavity is by having your dentist fill it. Come see us at Cox Family Dentistry in Plano, Texas to talk to a professional today about your concerns with cavities!