Cavities are the second most common health issue among children and adults. They result from tooth decay caused by plaque build up and bacteria due to inadequate brushing, certain foods and drinks, dry mouth, and more. Occasionally, cavity symptoms aren’t present until the decay has already advanced. The following 3 symptoms can occur and signify that you might have a cavity.
1. Noticeable Differences
Swollen Gums – An untreated cavity can cause red, swollen gums due to bacteria and infection surrounding a sore tooth.
Holes – Tooth decay causes the enamel to slowly erode, creating a pit or hole. These holes are the breeding ground for bacteria and can result in bad breath.
Discoloration – Discolored spots on the surface of teeth can be black, brown, or white, and indicate a cavity exists.
2. Heightened Sensitivity
Cavities often increase the sensitivity of the nerves surrounding teeth. Although pain resulting from sensitivity may vary in intensity, it can be triggered by a wide variety of conditions.
Temperature – When a cavity is present, it is common to experience sensitivity to extreme temperatures while eating or drinking things that are hot or cold.
Sugar – Because cavities are sensitive to sugar, pain may occur when consuming a sugary item, such as candy or a soda.
3. Pain and Discomfort
Toothaches differ in pain intensity and should be watched closely. If pain or discomfort occurs, it might be a sign of a decaying tooth.
Chewing – Pain caused from biting into or chewing foods can be an indicator that there is a cavity.
Continuous Pain – Pay attention to consistent toothaches, whether the pain is mild or extreme, as this can signify it may be time to schedule an appointment with your dentist.
If you think you have a cavity, don’t hesitate to call us. We are here to help keep your smile healthy and cavity-free. We are always accepting new patients and we look forward to helping improve your dental health!