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Have you ever had a cavity? If you have, you aren’t alone. In fact, tooth decay is one of the most common dental problems Americans face. However, there are a variety of problems associated with cavities. Sadly, many of the concerns you may have heard about aren’t anything to concern yourself with. In fact, much of what you’ve been told could be inaccurate. To help you separate fact from fiction, we are happy to provide you with some information on a dental cavity.

Gaps in Cracks: Were you told that grinding or clenching your teeth can cause a cavity? Were you told that a gap in your smile could also be a different cause? Neither of these is quite true. Cavities are only caused by bacteria, meaning that if you keep gaps clean, your teeth will be safe. However, if you grind or clench your teeth, you can create small cracks. This will allow bacteria to grow inside these cracks and could promote cavities.

Finding Your Own Cavity: Have you ever heard that you’ll know when you have a cavity? Sadly, if you are able to recognize your cavity on your own, a dentist could have already treated the problem before it caused pain, sensitivity, or a hole. This is another reason we recommend frequent checkups.  However, you may need to visit a dentist to check for a cavity if you have a toothache, sensitivity, holes or pits in your teeth, or any staining on your tooth’s surface.

Are you interested in learning more about how you can prevent or repair cavities? If so, we recommend contacting us soon and scheduling an appointment with our dentist. We are excited to hear from you soon.