Dental Myth Buster Number One

Since the dawn of time, we have held onto beliefs that come to us through stories. The origins of which can be traced back to our forefathers. Today scholars from around the world refer to and study myths in an attempt to shed light on the art of myth-making itself. Are myths based on facts long since erased from our history? How do we prove myth from the truth?

In this article, we will be looking at one big dental myth in particular, and we hope to shed some light on the truth behind the tale.


The Number One Dental Myth


  • I cannot have a cavity because there is no hole in my tooth!

Many would immediately agree with this statement as we are taught that cavity means hole, but this is an entirely untrue statement. Just because you cannot feel any cavity or hole in your teeth is not to say it isn’t there. If you notice any brown/grey area where your teeth touch one another, it is most likely that a cavity is forming. This dental myth exists because there’s some confusion and misuse of various dental terms. Unfortunately, one isn’t taught that a ‘cavity’, which is a slang word, is the last stage of dental decay. Perhaps dispelling this myth might save you a lot of toothache in the future because now you know that a hole does not need to be present for a problem to arise. When dental decay has progressed to the point where the tooth surface collapses in, it creates a cavity. You can stop this from happening by examining your teeth for any tell-tale signs such as is mentioned above. Dental cavities can be present with our without actual holes in your teeth. You don’t need a tangible hole in your tooth to need a filling.

So if your dentist tells you that you have decay (or cavities), and you can’t see or feel a hole, it doesn’t mean there is no cavity. It is there. Contact a dentist in Cape Town for more information.