Ways of Being Able to Tell You Are Developing a Cavity
Posted on 4/25/2019 by Mettler & Griego Family Dentistry
Whether it is your first toothache or something doesn't look right with your tooth, you may be wondering if you might have a cavity. In the early stages, a cavity may have no symptoms, which is why it is so important to visit our office for your regular appointments. However, if symptoms are noticed, these are some of the most common that you may experience.
Does one tooth in particular hurt, especially when you bite into food? This is a good indication of a cavity, and it may mean that the decay has reached the nerve. This is the source of the pain, and it won't go away until the cavity is treated.
New Teeth Sensitivity
If a tooth suddenly feels especially sensitive to hot and cold sensations, a cavity may be the culprit. Try using toothpaste formulated for sensitive teeth, and see if the problem improves. If it doesn't, you may need a filling to treat the cavity.
Holes or Dark Spots In Teeth
Staining of the teeth is common, especially if you drink coffee, soda, or red wine. Unfortunately, if you notice a stain that also seems to be sticky or looks like a hole, the problem may extend further than a simple stain. This may be a sign that the oral bacteria have created a cavity, and it has probably been untreated for quite some time.
Chronic Bad Breath
Cavities are formed by oral bacteria, and these same bacteria could contribute to bad breath. Plus, bad breath is often a side effect of decay, so if you have bad breath that doesn't improve with mouthwash, chewing sugar-free gum, and improving your oral hygiene regimen, you should consider a cavity.
If you think you might have a cavity, please call our office right away. Getting an appointment at the first sign of trouble could prevent the cavity from causing a bigger problem.
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