More About Cavities

As you can see from our last blog, there is so much more to know about cavities. You thought they were as simple as a black hole (actually black holes are very complex, at least the ones in space), but they are much more than that. Take our true and false quiz #2 to find out more about cavities.

True or False?

  1. True or False: If you have a chip or crack in your tooth it is a prime spot for a cavity.
  2. True or False: Gaps in your teeth can also lead to cavities.
  3. True or False: You are more likely to get cavities in between your teeth.
  4. True or False: Bruxism, or the habit of clenching and grinding, can cause cavities.

Answers

  1. True: Any crevice can collect bacterial plaque which is sticky and difficult to remove, especially if your toothbrush can’t reach into it. This can lead to decay. Rinsing with a fluoride mouthwash can help wash away bacteria from these areas.
  2. False: Big gaps and wide areas are little concern for decay. Food cannot hide in gaps and your toothbrush can reach it. Food can get stuck in smaller spaces, however, and if not removed can cause decay.
  3. True: Decay is more likely to occur between your teeth because food can get stuck there and your toothbrush may not be able to reach it. That’s why flossing and rinsing with a mouthwash are important.
  4. False: Clenching and grinding in itself cannot cause tooth decay, but the results of clenching and grinding can. Bruxing puts so much undue pressure on your teeth that it can lead to chips, cracks, or fractures which are prime areas for decay.

About Your Lake Forest Dentist:

Aside from providing dependable general and restorative dentistry services to our community, Dr. James Fondriest also holds respected academic appointments at the Pankey Institute in Key Biscayne, FL, and the Spear Institute in Scottsdale, AZ, and he is an adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Prosthodontics at the University of Florida Dental School. At Lake Forest Dental Arts, Dr. Fondriest combines his impressive array of experience with modern technology and caring, compassionate, knowledgeable staff, and we proudly serve patients from Chicago and surrounding communities. To schedule a consultation, call our office today at (847) 234-0517.