Ways to Tell if You Have a Cavity

little_cavityIf you have a cavity, it needs to be checked out by your dentist as soon as possible to avoid any other complications or future problems with the tooth. It’s always best to treat immediately than to delay when it comes to cavities.

How do you tell if you have a cavity?

For those of you with cavities, you may not know that you have them until later. Most people are symptom-free in the beginning stages of a cavity and it’s not until later when your tooth has really started to decay that you have pain or discomfort. However, there are a few telltale signs that can help you identify your tooth situation before it becomes a disaster.

Tooth Sensitivity

Sensitivity to different foods (in terms of hot/cold sensations) is one telltale sign. Those with cavities often feel discomfort when eating or drinking hot or cold food and beverages. Another telltale sign is bad breath. Bad breath can be a sign of tooth decay and if you have a bad taste in your mouth that may be another sign.

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Visible Signs

The most obvious signs that you have a cavity are the visible signs: puss or discharge around the teeth or a black or brown coloring. Another visible sign are small pits or holes inside of the tooth. These visible signs usually come last and if you find your tooth in this state, you should see a dentist immediately. No matter how much brushing, flossing, or gum care you provide, bacteria will not leave the tooth and things will get worse without the help of a professional.

Good Oral Hygiene

The best way to avoid a cavity is through prevention. Good oral hygiene includes a healthy diet, regular cleanings with your dentist, and at-home brushing care. Teeth are one of our most important body parts. They help us to eat and are a vital part of our smile. It’s therefore important to properly take care of them and one thing everyone wants to avoid is cavities.

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