Check the myths and facts below to find out how cavities are caused, prevented, and treated.
1. Sugar Is the Prime Cause of Cavities
Myth, but it’s almost a fact.
The truth is, acid produced by bacteria in your mouth is the cause of cavities, says Kimberly A. Harms, DDS, an American Dental Association consumer advisor and former president of the Minnesota Dental Association. However, these bacteria are triggered to make acid when you eat anything with carbohydrates — and sugar is a carb.