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You’ve probably heard something about cavities—in fact, you’ve probably had a cavity or two. But did you know there are several misconceptions surrounding cavities? To help you separate fact from fiction, we’re happy to dispel some of the more common cavity myths.

For instance, did you know that sugar doesn’t technically cause cavities? In reality, tooth decay is caused by acid. However, please don’t misunderstand. Sugar can lead to tooth decay, but only because the bacteria from sugary foods—and in reality foods in general—become the acids that damage your smile.

You may also believe that only children get cavities, or at least that children get far more cavities than adults. In reality, adults are just as prone to cavities as children. Adult’s gums can pull away from their teeth, exposing more vulnerable areas to decay. Similarly, decay is more likely to appear near your fillings.

Finally, have you been told that you’ll be able to feel a cavity if you have one? Sometimes you can, but often you won’t be able to recognize a cavity without help from a dentist. However, if you have a persistent toothache or suddenly sensitive teeth, you may have a cavity.

If you would like to learn more, or are interested in having your cavity filled, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We’re excited to hear from you.