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A Great Cavity Cartoon


My son Knox and I watched some cartoons this weekend. While he was engaged in Paw Patrol’s latest case, I couldn’t help but reminisce about some of the great cartoons we had back in the day.


Voltron. ThunderCats. Transformers. He-Man. Each show was packed with cool, fearless heroes fighting off evil with unbelievably sophisticated gadgets and vehicles. The characters were smart, funny and never failed to disappoint on a Saturday morning.


G.I. Joe was particularly good.  At the end of each episode there was a segment where one of the “good guys” would teach a life lesson (i.e. avoid a fallen power line, don’t get into cars with strangers, don’t steal candy). The segment would end with their signature tagline: ” Now you know. And knowing is half the battle!”


Its true.


More often than not, patients know what cavities are, but aren’t quite clear about WHY they occur. They understand that sugary foods lead to cavities , but may not think they have any because they aren’t in any pain. Once we know WHY something happens, its easier to prevent it from happening again.


This video from TedED does a great job of explaining how cavities develop.


And now you know. :)




About the Author

Luke Wolniak, DDS

Dr. Wolniak opened Prairie Fields Dentistry to give families in his community a loyal, family owned practice that provides conservative, top quality dental care. He and his team firmly believe that most dental problems are preventable, and in many cases can be avoided altogether if caught at the right time. Minimal, predictable dentistry is the healthiest dentistry. For that reason, Dr. Wolniak has completed over double the required amount of coursework hours to maintain his license. He has trained under some of the brightest minds in dentistry - Dr. Ben Miraglia (Interceptive Orthodontics) and Dr. Mark Hodge (Invisalign), and has completed implant training at the Implant Direct Educational Center in Las Vegas. Dr. Wolniak is a regular reader, and contributor to DentalTown, an online dental care provider community.