Signs of a Cavity

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It’s something we’re taught as children to look out for, and with good reason. Childhood tooth decay is still a major public health concern, despite so many advances in medical and dental technology. As adults, tooth decay continues to be a concern. Here’s what to look out for if you think you might have a cavity.

Signs of a Cavity

While the signs and symptoms of a developing cavity may vary, depending on where the decay is taking place, there’s a chance you could be developing one without having any symptoms at all. As it progresses, you may start to see signs such as:

  • A persistent toothache or dull pain in your mouth
  • Sensitive teeth
  • Mild or sharp pain when you eat or drink something hot or cold.
  • Holes or pits in your teeth.
  • Brown, black or white staining on the surface of a tooth.
  • Pain when you bite down

If you experience any of these symptoms, make an appointment to see the dentist right away. The treatment for cavities is fairly simple and includes removing the decayed portion of your tooth, and then placing a permanent filling in the tooth.

How to Prevent Tooth Decay

tooth decay in childrenSince cavities often start to develop with no obvious symptoms, it’s important to have regular dental checkups. When you come in, the dentist can probe your teeth, look for soft spots, and even take dental x-rays to determine whether or not you have a developing cavity. However, if you experience toothache or mouth pain, see your dentist as soon as possible.

Cavities form in your teeth as a result of acids produced by bacteria in the mouth. Great oral hygiene habits, which include brushing and flossing daily can help remove the acids and bacteria, thereby protecting your teeth from erosion. Having your teeth cleaned regularly can also ensure that tooth decay is kept to a minimum. Again, if you’re experiencing tooth pain, make an appointment right away. If you don’t have any symptoms of a cavity, but it’s time for a checkup, make an appointment today.