How to Know When You Have a Cavity

What is a cavity? It’s a hole in the outer layer (enamel and dentin) of the tooth. Of the 90% of the population with cavities, most are so small then they go completely unnoticed. That’s because these tiny dental cavities don’t cause discomfort or pain. So, how can you tell if you have a cavity or not?

There are several different factors that can cause cavities to form. Some of these factors include:

  • Consuming too many sugary drinks and foods
  • Practicing poor oral hygiene
  • Build-up of bacteria on tooth and gums

4 Signs That You Have a Cavity

If decay is just beginning to form on your teeth, you may not experience any symptoms whatsoever… However, as a cavity begins to become enlarged, these are four signs to look for:

  1. Bad Breath – One of the factors that cause chronic bad breath are cavities. Tooth decay allows bacteria to spread. This will eventually cause you to suffer from bad breath. If you are diligent about good oral hygiene, yet you start to have really bad breath, you may have one or more cavities developing.
  2. Sensitivity – If your teeth start to become very sensitive all of a sudden, this is a common symptom of cavities. As the enamel of the top layer decays, the lower layer is also affected. This leads to sensitivity to:
  • Hot and cold temperatures – Could be sign of cavities, gum recession or an early sign of decay known as reversible pulpitis
  • Sugar and sweet foods and drinks – Most common sign of cavities, resulting in suffering from slightly painful tingling sensation when consuming sugary good

     3. Pain – Tooth pain caused by cavities usually begins with self-triggered tingling sensations. This is a sign of irreversible pulpitis, which is a serious cavity issue.

But, when you start to feel non-triggered tooth pain,      an irritant or bacteria may have actually caused damage to the nerves, which may going through the dying process. This pain tends to occur when you’re actively using the tooth.In this case, the pain comes through as a stabbing feeling whenever you chew. As the cavity progresses, the pain is even felt when you’re not chewing.

 4. Hole in Tooth or Dark Spot on Tooth

If you see either or both of these, this is the most guaranteed sign that you have a tooth decay. A hole in your teeth means that the tooth’s enamel has become eroded. Getting a tooth ex-ray by your local dentist will let you know for sure whether or not a cavity is the cause of the hole. The same rules apply to the sudden appearance of a dark spot on your tooth.

Toothaches Cause More than Just Tooth Pain

Toothaches can be quite painful. This pain can deprive you of relaxation or sleep, as well as your ability to concentrate. If you start to notice a fever coinciding with toothache pain, this could be a sign of a very serious issue. You need to contact your local dentist immediately.

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