Cavities are one of the most common dental problems experienced by both adults and children, and it is not hard to see why. A typical diet is filled with all sorts of sugary, acidic, and carbohydrates-laden food that can contribute to the decay of teeth. For a fairly common dental problem, however, there are many myths and misconceptions about cavities that sometimes prevent individuals from seeking proper dental treatment.
A feature on the WebMD website explored 15 of the most prevalent myths about cavities, and debunks or confirms them. Such myths include sugar being the sole cause of cavities (actually, plaque in the mouth that feeds on sugar, starch, and carbohydrates and releases acid as a byproduct) and children being more vulnerable to cavities more than adults (when both are actually equally at risk). Many of the myths tackled stressed that habitual dental care through brushing, flossing, and rinsing can prevent tooth decay.