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Top 5 Myths About Tooth Decay

Tooth Decay MythsAt Gateway Dental Care in Pleasanton, CA, we offer top-notch dental care with a gentle touch. Dr. Francine Kitagawa and her staff provide a professional and comfortable environment for your treatment. They will also provide you with the education and resources you need to keep your smile healthy and bright.

Preventing Tooth Decay

As everyone knows, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” There are a lot of things that contribute to tooth decay. It’s important to separate the facts from the myths in order to have a truly healthy smile. Here are the Top 5 Myths About Tooth Decay:

  • Tooth decay is always accompanied by pain
  • Good oral hygiene is just brushing and flossing every day
  • All dentists use the same procedures and equipment
  • Sugar causes cavities
  • A filled tooth can’t get cavities

Let’s examine each of these myths and get the facts straight.

Tooth Decay Is Always Accompanied By Pain

Yes, it’s true that when you have a pain in your tooth that it signifies a possible problem that needs to be checked out. However, the fact is that tooth decay can start without any symptoms. That’s why it’s important to get regular checkups and professional cleanings.

Good Oral Hygiene Is Just Brushing & Flossing Daily

Everyone knows it’s necessary to brush and floss daily, but it’s important to pay attention to the details. Always brush at least 2 times per day for 2 minutes each time. It’s also a good idea to brush immediately after eating something sticky or sugary. When flossing, use a clean piece of floss between the upper and lower teeth to prevent the spread of bacteria. Remember to use a new toothbrush every 30-45 days.

All Dentists Use The Same Procedures & Equipment

Medicine and science are always changing and improving. New and better procedures are discovered. More high-tech equipment becomes available. Unfortunately, some healthcare providers continue to use the same procedures and equipment because that’s what they’ve always done. Here at Gateway Dental Care, we make sure that we stay up to date on the latest education and technology so we can provide our patients with the best care possible.

Sugar Causes All Cavities

Yes, sugar does cause cavities, but it isn’t the only culprit. Foods, such as bread, pasta, fruits, and potatoes can also interact with the bacteria in your mouth which will lead to cavities. The good news is that you don’t have to give up the foods you love. Just be sure to brush and floss thoroughly afterward.

A Filled Tooth Can’t Get Cavities

Just because you have a filling in your tooth doesn’t mean it’s protected from getting cavities. A cavity can form around the filling or on other parts of the tooth.

Gateway Dental Care Is Your Oral Health Specialist

At Gateway Dental Care, we care about providing our patients with quality, professional service. Give us a call today for any of your oral health needs.