Uncovering Myths and Facts On Cavities

Multiple myths and misconceptions about cavities have been circulating for years, causing confusion and misinformation. In an effort to dispel these inaccuracies and encourage optimal oral health, Torbram Dental, a leading center for family dentistry and children’s dentistry, is here to provide an insightful commentary on a WebMD article about the myths and facts surrounding cavities. (Source: WebMD, Myths and Facts About Cavities, written by John Donovan, medically reviewed by Alfred D. Wyatt Jr., DMD, December 16, 2016, ).


Myth: No Pain, No Problem

The WebMD article begins with the myth that if a tooth doesn’t hurt, it’s not a problem. This, however, needs to be clarified. Many dental problems start without any pain or discomfort, including cavities.

“At Torbram Dental, we can’t stress enough the importance of regular dental cleaning and check-ups. Often, issues such as cavities start without any noticeable symptoms. By the time pain occurs, the problem may have advanced significantly, which can complicate the treatment.”

Fact: Sugar Causes Cavities

The WebMD article confirms that sugar indeed plays a role in the formation of cavities. Sugar fuels bacteria in our mouths, which produce acid that erodes tooth enamel, which leads to cavities.

“Sugar is indeed a major player in cavity formation, but it’s not just candy and sweets you should worry about. Hidden sugars in beverages and foods like bread, cereal, and fruits can also contribute to the problem. At Torbram Dental, we educate our patients, especially in children’s dentistry, about the importance of a balanced, low-sugar diet in maintaining oral health.”

Myth: Sugar-Free Soda Can’t Cause Cavities

According to the WebMD article, even sugar-free sodas can cause cavities. They contain acidic ingredients that can erode the tooth enamel, creating an environment conducive to cavities.

“At Torbram Dental, we encourage our patients to limit their intake of all kinds of soda, not just those with sugar. Remember, good oral hygiene includes healthy lifestyle choices not just about dental cleaning but also about conscious nutrition choices as well.”

Fact: Once a Cavity Starts, There’s No Turning Back

The WebMD article confirms that once a cavity has formed, it cannot heal on its own. This necessitates professional dental intervention.

“Ignoring a cavity won’t make it disappear. Instead, it will continue to deepen and can lead to severe dental complications. At Torbram Dental, our family dentistry services include timely cavity treatment to prevent further damage.”

Myth: That Brown Spot’s a Cavity

The article dispels the myth that every brown spot on a tooth is a cavity. Stains and spots can come from various sources and may not always signify decay.

“Not every brown or discolored spot on your tooth indicates a cavity. Our dental professionals at Torbram Dental conduct thorough examinations to determine the exact issue and recommend the appropriate treatment.”

Fact: Cavity Now, Root Canal (or Worse) Later

The article points out that neglecting a cavity today could mean needing a root canal or even losing a tooth in the future.

“At Torbram Dental, we emphasize prevention. Attending to a cavity early can save you from more invasive procedures like a root canal in the future. Regular dental cleaning and check-ups are essential to catch potential issues before they escalate.”

Myth: Aspirin Next to a Cavity Helps

The article debunks the myth that placing an aspirin next to a cavity can relieve pain. In fact, this can harm your gum tissue.

“Home remedies, such as placing aspirin next to a tooth, can potentially cause more harm than good. If you’re experiencing dental pain, reach out to a professional. Our priority at Torbram Dental is to maintain the comfort of our patients and to promote their overall oral health.”

Myth: A Filling Is Forever

The WebMD article cautions that fillings don’t last forever. Over time, they can wear down, break, or fall out, which can lead to a new cavity in the same spot.

“At Torbram Dental, we ensure our patients understand that maintaining good oral health is an ongoing process. Even after a cavity has been filled, regular check-ups are crucial to ensure the filling is intact and no new cavities have formed.”

Fact: A Filled Tooth Can Still Get a Cavity

The WebMD article affirms that even a tooth with a filling can still develop a cavity, either around the filling or in another part of the tooth.

“Our team at Torbram Dental continues to monitor filled teeth during check-ups for any signs of new cavities. Our comprehensive approach to family and children’s dentistry involves not just treatment but also education about continuing good oral hygiene habits.”

Myth: Cavities Are for Kids

The WebMD article asserts that cavities can occur at any age and are not just a child’s issue.

“Cavities are a risk for people of all ages, not just children. In fact, adults often face a higher risk due to medications or certain medical conditions that can affect oral health. At Torbram Dental, we cater to the dental health needs of the entire family, from children to seniors.”


In conclusion, Torbram Dental reaffirms the necessity of regular dental cleanings, check-ups, and maintaining good oral hygiene. By debunking myths and emphasizing the facts about cavities, we aim to help our patients achieve and maintain optimal oral health.


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