How Much Do You Know About Cavities?

Most of you probably think there is not much more to know about cavities other than that they’re caused by eating too much sugar, they are a black hole in your tooth, they hurt, and you have to have them filled. But there is plenty more to know about cavities than that. Take our true and false quiz below to find out how much you know about cavities.

True or False?

  1. True or False: Sugar is the only thing that causes cavities.
  2. True or False: Kids get more cavities than adults.
  3. True or False: You can get rid of a toothache by putting an aspirin near it on your gum.
  4. True or False: You always know when you have a cavity.


  1. False: Any carbohydrates such as rice, bread, potatoes, fruits, or vegetables that break down into sugar can cause cavities. Cavities are actually caused by acids produced by harmful bacteria that feed on sugars and starches leftover from the foods and beverages you consume.
  2. False: Over the past 20 years, tooth decay in school-aged children has been reduced by 50 percent due to fluoridated municipal drinking water.  Conversely, cavities are on the rise in seniors due to medicines that reduce saliva and cause dry mouth. Saliva helps protect your teeth by remineralizing tooth enamel.
  3. False: The only way aspirin will relieve tooth pain is if you swallow it. Because aspirin is acidic, placing it on your gum can burn your gingival tissue resulting in a painful abscess.
  4. False: You can have cavities without knowing it. That’s why dental checkups and x-rays are important. By the time you know you have a cavity it is usually large and may require more than just a filling.

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 Associate 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 all surrounding communities. To schedule a consultation, call our office today at (847) 234-0517.

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