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No one likes a cavity. So it’s not surprising that there is misinformation floating around about how one gets and treats cavities. We want to help you understand a little more about these troublesome little things. Here are three facts you might not know about cavities.

Sugar doesn’t cause cavities. This might be misleading, so permit an explanation. Sugar on its own doesn’t cause cavities; acid does. Much of the acid in your mouth is produced by bacteria found in plaque that develops. These bacteria love sugar, so eating it can help them produce more enamel-eroding acid. So sugar doesn’t cause cavities, but it certainly contributes to their advent.

You won’t always know when you have a cavity. Many people just assume they’ll know when they have a cavity because a tooth will become abnormally sensitive or even hurt. While cavities do often lead to these symptoms, they usually mean the cavity is quite advanced. Cavities discovered and treated in early stages cause much less damage and often don’t hurt. This is just one more reason regular checkups with Dr. Arnold H Brokstein are so important.

Babies can get cavities. Primary or “baby” teeth are just as prone to decay and can develop cavities. Just as with adults, prevention is the best option. You should start brushing your child’s teeth as soon as they show, and flossing them as soon as two touch. Help them maintain good habits as they get older and more independent.

Cavities are preventable with proper oral hygiene habits. To learn more about how to take care of your teeth and to start in on your new regimen, call us at our Oakland, CA, office today.