Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Let's get things straight!

Written by Wendy C. Fries
Reviewed by Brunilda Nazario, MD

1. Sugar is the prime cause of cavities
Myth and Fact...In reality, it's the acid produced by bacteria in your mouth that causes cavities, says Harms. What the bacteria do, however, is eat carbohydrates-and sugar is one of them.
2. Exposure to Acidic Foods Like Lemons Causes Tooth Decay
Fact. Acidic foods such as lemons, citrus juices, or soft drinks don't caues cavities, but they may by putting your enamel in danger.
3. Kids Are A Lot More Likely to Get Cavities Than Adults
Myth. With the help of sealants, fluoridated water, and preventative care, "we've actually cut decay in school-aged children by half in the last 20 years." says Harms.
4. Aspirin Placed Next to a Tooth Will Help a toothache
Myth. Swallowing aspirin is what helps reduce toothache pain.
5. All Fillings Eventually Need Replacing
Myth. An amalgam or composite filling needs to be replaced if it breaks down or a cavity forms around it, or it the tooth fractures, Harms tells WebMD. If none of those problems occur, you can keep the same filling for life.
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