How Do I Know If I Have a Cavity?

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Taking care of your oral health isn’t just about maintaining a bright smile; it’s crucial for your overall well-being. Dental issues can escalate if not addressed promptly, leading to more significant problems down the line. Therefore, understanding when it’s time to reach out to your dentist is paramount. By adopting good oral hygiene practices, such as regular brushing and flossing, you can mitigate the risk of common dental ailments like tooth decay and cavities.

Cavities, in particular, are prevalent among the population, with a staggering 30 percent of Americans currently living with untreated dental cavities. Ignoring cavities can have dire consequences, ranging from tooth loss to severe infections. Hence, it’s imperative to grasp what cavities entail and familiarize yourself with the symptoms that indicate their presence.

It is helpful for patients to understand what a cavity is, and also know what symptoms to look out for if you think you may have a cavity.

What is a Cavity?

A cavity is when bacteria or food build up and form plaque on your teeth. The bacteria eat away at the enamel on your teeth and cause decay. Good oral hygiene habits are so important, and brushing and flossing can help you get rid of the plaque build up to prevent cavities from developing. Once the cavity is formed there is a small hole in your tooth, and if left untreated the cavity can destroy your tooth or develop an infection.

What Are the Signs of a Cavity?

There are signs you can look out for that may indicate you have a cavity. If you experience any of these signs we encourage you to contact our office, and our staff will get you in as soon as possible. Our team always works to keep our patient’s teeth and mouth healthy and pain free.

  • Sensitivity to hot and cold that lingers and does not go away
  • Sensitivity to sweet foods or drinks
  • A toothache that is on or around one or more teeth
  • Pain when you bite down or pain during eating
  • Discoloration, white spots, or staining on a tooth
  • A small hole or mark on your tooth

Need to Contact Our Office?

Understanding when to reach out to your dentist is key in preserving your oral health. Knowing these signs can help you decide if you need to contact a dentist. We always tell patients to never hesitate to contact us with any questions or concerns. We are here to help, and a cavity should never be left untreated. At our office, we prioritize our patients’ well-being and strive to deliver comprehensive dental care. Our dedicated team is committed to ensuring your teeth and mouth remain healthy and pain-free. So, whether you require a routine check-up or suspect a cavity, rest assured that we’re here to assist you every step of the way.

If you think you may have a cavity and need to schedule an appointment, contact our office and our friendly staff will be happy to assist you! Your oral health is our top priority, and we’re here to help you achieve and maintain a radiant, healthy smile.