What is the worst advice we have ever heard about cavities, you ask?
Well, after being in the dental industry for many years, Cox Family Dentistry has been asked a lot of questions and head a lot of odd advice about how to care for cavities. From “old wives tales” to home remedies, this two-part series will go through the worst advice we’ve ever heard about cavities and tell you the actual truth.
- Don’t worry, your cavities will go away on its own.
This one is not entirely true. When decay occurs, there are times where it won’t progress into a cavity. This can cause some discoloration on the tooth, but it isn’t actually a cavity. Other times, if you catch the cavity at the beginning stage, you can reverse the start of a cavity. But, once you have an actual cavity, you can’t get rid of it. The only way to fix a cavity is to get it filled by going to the dentist.
2. You can brush a cavity away!
False! You can brush and brush, but the cavity isn’t going anywhere! Like the above advice, once a cavity has taken shape, you can’t get rid of it. However, brushing is encouraged. Brushing your teeth and keeping the area clean and clear of food, can help prevent more build-up and the progression of the cavity.
3. If I start taking care of my oral health, my cavity will stay the same size.
Nope! Once the cavity has started, the decay will continue to progress and will reach the inner pulp of nerves and blood vessels. So, the cavity will only continue to grow if left untreated. Once it reaches the nerves, instead of treating a cavity on the surface, you may end up needing a root canal or a dental crown.