Cavities form when acids from bacteria erode the tooth enamel and holes develop as a result. These small holes can attract other bacteria and ultimately lead to infection, severe pain, and even loss of teeth. It’s important to follow dental hygiene practices by brushing teeth consistently, flossing often, maintaining a healthy diet, and visiting the dentist regularly. However, if you’re questioning whether you have a cavity, check the symptoms below:
Why So Sensitive?
The type and temperature of things you consume can cause pain or discomfort if you have a cavity. This increase in sensitivity will be recognizable when experiencing the following:
- Hot and Cold – Food and drinks that are extreme in temperature can irritate the nerves surrounding a cavity.
- Sweet Treats – Since cavities are sensitive to sugar, eating candy or drinking a soda will be sure to trigger teeth sensitivity.
Pain, Of Course
Aching teeth can be a strong indicator that there is a cavity. Plus, the pain can come from a variety of factors and differ in intensity.
- While Chowing Down – Pain while chewing is a sign that tooth decay is occurring.
- Constant Toothache – If you experience tooth pain that is continuous and not triggered by the above circumstances, a cavity could be present.
Difference in Appearance
- Holes and Pits – Being able to visibly see a small hole in your tooth confirms a cavity is there. These holes also tend to be a great place for bacteria to grow and cause bad breath.
- Spots of Discoloration- Black, brown, and white spots on the surface of teeth are common when there is a cavity.
Don’t let the possibility of a cavity get you down. If you notice any of these symptoms, contact us today to schedule an appointment and we will get your smile back to being healthy and free of cavities!