Top 5 Signs You May Have a Cavity
Did you know that almost 100 percent of the adults in the world suffer from some form of tooth decay every year? Additionally, somewhere between 60 and 90 percent of kids suffer from tooth decay as well.
Tooth decay can, unfortunately, lead to cavities. And if cavities are left untreated for a long period of time, they can lead to even more serious oral health issues.
No matter how old you are, it’s important for you to keep a close eye out for cavity symptoms. It’ll allow you to avoid the potentially dangerous consequences that can come along with cavities.
Here are 5 signs that’ll let you know you may have a cavity.
1. Unexplained Toothaches
Do you have a toothache that just popped up out of nowhere? This is one of the most common cavity symptoms.
In some cases, you might have a dull, throbbing toothache that just won’t seem to go away. In others, you might have a toothache that comes and goes and seems to affect you most when you’re eating and drinking.
Either way, a toothache is an obvious sign of a cavity and should be investigated further.
2. Tooth Sensitivity
There are some people who have more sensitive teeth than others. Food and drinks that are hot, cold, sweet, acidic, and sticky may bother them almost all the time.
But if you notice that your teeth are suddenly sensitive to any of these things without warning, it could be because of a cavity. A dentist can check out your teeth to see what is causing your tooth sensitivity.
3. Noticeable Holes in Teeth
If you think you might have a cavity, use a flashlight to shine some light into your mouth and look at the area that’s giving you trouble.
Can you see any small holes in any of your teeth? If so, those holes are cavities that need to be filled.
You can’t always spot a cavity in your mouth, even if it’s a bad one. But many times, it’ll be possible to see cavities as they develop.
4. Tooth Discoloration
It’s not uncommon to see someone who drinks a lot of coffee or wine to experience discoloration in their teeth. But in these instances, all of their teeth will be a shade darker than they used to be.
Tooth discoloration tied to a cavity will usually only affect a small portion of a single tooth. You may see a spot that is slightly whiter than the rest of your teeth or a spot that has turned brown or black.
5. Pain When Biting Down
Do you feel pain when you bite down, even when you don’t have anything in your mouth?
You could very well have a cavity that is affecting the root of one of your teeth. It’s essential for you to get to a dentist as soon as possible for this type of cavity as it could start to take a toll on the bone underneath your teeth.
Seek Treatment If You Experience Any of These Cavity Symptoms
By learning how to tell if you have a cavity and picking up on cavity symptoms, you can prevent cavities from wreaking havoc on your oral health.
The key is catching decay and cavities at the early and preventative stages. This may save you from having to go through extensive dental procedures to fix your teeth and keep your teeth and health in better shape overall.
Contact us to schedule an appointment with a dentist if you suspect you might have a cavity.
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