When you have a cavity, it’s important to take care of it as quickly as possible. Tooth decay doesn’t fix itself, and the faster you get the cavity filled, the less likely you’ll have to deal with painful (and expensive) complications.
But how can you really know if you have a cavity? Here are a few telltale signs to watch for.
The hallmark symptom of a cavity is tooth pain or sensitivity. This can be while eating or drinking (especially if the food or drink is particularly hot, cold, or sweet), when you bite down, or for no reason at all. This pain may come on suddenly or gradually, and may occur anywhere in the mouth. Bottom line: if you’re experiencing tooth pain, it’s best to see your dentist as soon as possible.
Stains on your teeth can be a sign that plaque has built up and decay is starting. These stains may appear bright white, darker brown, or even black, and usually appear on the surface of the tooth.
A visible hole
If you can see a hole or pit on your tooth, it’s a sure sign that you’re dealing with a cavity. That said, many cavities develop between the teeth, making it less likely that the cavity will actually be visible. Because of that, you shouldn’t wait to “see” a cavity before making an appointment with your dentist.
If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, it’s important to set up an appointment with your dentist as soon as possible. They can conduct x-rays that will confirm the presence of a cavity, and will set up a proper care plan to fill the cavity or conduct any other necessary procedures.
That said, prevention is always best when it comes to cavities. Here are some tips to help keep cavities at bay:
- Brush and floss your teeth at least twice a day.
- Use a fluoride toothpaste.
- Visit your dentist at least every 6 months.
- Avoid sugary foods and drinks
- Avoid chewy or sticky candies, which can stick to your teeth and promote decay
- Drink water to promote overall oral health
Following these tips will help keep your mouth clean and healthy, and establishing a good relationship with your dentist will help you address problems quickly should they ever arise. If you are experiencing any of these signs of cavities, contact Smile Concepts, Scottsdale’s top family and cosmetic dentist today to schedule an appointment.