1. Myth: The Main Culprit for Cavities is Sugar

Although sugar is definitely a main cause of cavities, all types of carbohydrates are a major contributing factor to tooth decay. When you eat carb-laden foods, bacteria feeds off of that in your mouth and produces acid, which eats away at your tooth enamel. A great way to ward this off, particularly after eating a high-carb meal, is to drink a big glass of water! Water neutralizes the pH balance in your mouth, reducing the acid-level. In addition, the length of time that your teeth are exposed to carbohydrates makes a drastic difference. The worst thing you can do is create continuous exposure by snacking all day and drinking sweet drinks. So next time you think just candy and cookies promote cavities, remember that all carbohydrates feed bacteria, and that includes fruits, vegetables, bread, potatoes, and rice.

Fact: Highly Acidic Foods Can Wear Down Your Enamel

Anything containing citric acid can damage your enamel, promoting tooth decay. After your enamel has started to wear away and the layer of dentin is exposed, tooth decay is almost guaranteed. When you do consume a citrus-y food or drink, be sure to brush your teeth directly after and if you’re able to, rinse with flouride.

Myth: You Can Ease the Pain of a Toothache by Placing Aspirin Next to It

Aspirin is very acidic and can hurt your gum tissue if you place it directly on it. This in turn can cause an abscess! Always take the aspirin orally, which will help the pain.

Fact: The Best Way to Prevent Cavities is to Brush, Rinse, and Floss!

Taking the necessary steps to prevent cavities is essential. Flossing and rinsing must be done daily and always brush with a flouride toothpaste twice a day. Teeth become more resistant to decay with they are exposed to flouride. If you can remove the bacteria from your mouth daily, cavities will not have the chance to form.

Don’t underestimate the importance of simple oral hygiene! If you are consistent with brushing, flossing, and rinsing, your teeth will be in excellent shape.