3 Signs You Might Have A Cavity

3 Signs You Might Have A Cavity

According to the CDC, it is estimated that over 31% of adults between the ages of 20-44 have an untreated cavity. Could you be a part of that statistic? Sometimes symptoms aren’t noticeable until the decay has progressed. Pay close attention to changes in your teeth and contact us if you experience any of these 3 symptoms:

Sensitivity

When a cavity exists, it can increase the sensitivity of your teeth. The pain may vary, but can be triggered by several things.

  • Temperature – Sensitivity to extreme temperature, both hot and cold, can signal that an area has been affected by tooth decay.
  • Sugar – Cavities are sensitive to sugar and can be identified if any sort of discomfort arises while eating or drinking something sweet.

Pain

Since cavity pain can vary from mild to extreme, be sure to pay close attention to when a toothache strikes. Tooth pain can occur during the following:

  • Chewing – Pain while chewing or biting down on foods can irritate a tooth that has a cavity.
  • A Consistent Toothache – Continuous pain, whether moderate or severe, can occur without being triggered if a cavity is present.  

Visible Differences

  • Holes – Tooth decay wears away enamel and creates visible pits or holes in affected teeth. These cavities grow bacteria and can also cause bad breath.
  • Discoloration – Cavities can cause dark and light spots on teeth. These discolorations on the surface of teeth can be black, brown, or white.
  • Swelling Gums – Puffy, red gums near a sore tooth can be the result of an untreated cavity that has spread bacteria and infection.

Although cavities are common across adults and children alike, they can become serious dental issues. We want to ensure your oral health and keep you pain and cavity free. If you think you might have a cavity, don't hesitate to contact us. We are here to keep your smile healthy!

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