Embarrassed To Have A Cavity

Published: December 03, 2012
Dear Embarrassed To Have A Cavity,
I am 12 I think that I have my first cavity because I just got braces a few months ago. This may sound really stupid but I feel really guilty and AWEFUL. My family has really good hygene standards and I have never had a problem. I brush regularly but sometimes when it's late I'll forget, and I don't really floss. Now I'm really embarrassed and I don't know how to tell my mom without her freaking out. It REALLY hurts. It may sound silly but this is really upsetting me. PLEASE HELP ME!!!!

Dear Embarrassed To Have A Cavity,

TeenHealthFX is sorry you are feeling so distressed over this. Cavities are very common for kids – according to the Mayo Clinic, “cavities are the most common chronic disease among children and teenagers.” So it does happen and it is nothing to be ashamed of. Nobody is perfect and it sounds like you’ve been doing a great job overall if one cavity is all you have by the age of 12. Try to take it easy on yourself and if your mom does start “freaking out,” calmly say something like, “Mom, I know you are upset, but I am upset enough already about the situation, so I would really appreciate it if you would try not to be so angry with me.”

While it might be hard for you to tell your mother, the sooner you tell her the better. If you do have a cavity it is important that you get treatment right away since early treatment is less painful, helps ensure the tooth will be saved, and is less expensive than the treatment of extensive decay.

You can read more on Cavities/tooth decay to learn more about treatment and prevention. You can also talk to your dentist about any questions or concerns you might have.