“You have a cavity” are some of the most dreaded words you can hear from your dentist. Because cavities get worse over time, and can lead to some downright excruciating pain, it’s important to catch them early so you can avoid major problems.
At Heroes Dental, we encourage all our friends and families that come to visit us, to understand how to spot cavities early on. One of the most important things to recognize is that our mouths are full of bacteria, some of which eats sugars and produces acid that eats away at our enamel. If this protective outer layer of our teeth is depleted, then a cavity begins to form.
Your dentists at Heroes Dental will thoroughly inspect your teeth every check-up to make sure they are clear of any cavities. However, if it’s been some time since you’ve last visited the dentist, it pays to know what to look for. Here are some symptoms to watch out for:
If a tooth is developing a cavity, and isn’t properly treated, bacteria will begin to multiply. This tooth decay will eventually lead to bad breath. If you find that even after brushing your teeth and tongue regularly, you’re still experiencing bad breath, it’s probably best that you pay your dentist a visit to check for any potential cavities.
A change in your tooth’s color is usually the first visible sign of a cavity and can even be spotted before you feel any pain. The acid that eats away at enamel will cause changes to the affected area that will often be seen as off-white, light, or dark brown spots. Since these spots can vary in hue, try to keep an eye out for any unusual changes to the normal color of your teeth.
Even if continuously gargling with mouthwash and brushing your teeth doesn’t get rid of that bad taste in your mouth, it might be time to see your dentist. Chronic bad taste may mean that a cavity needs to be cleaned out and filled.
One of the most recognize tell-tale signs of a cavity is tooth sensitivity, especially in regards to hot, cold, and sugar. Once tooth decay has progressed to the point that the inside layers of your teeth are exposed, your tooth will be prone to serious sensitivity when sipping cold or hot drinks. This also applies to sugary drinks and snacks; you might notice some immediate pain or it might be a delayed effect. Regardless, if you feel substantial tooth pain after drinking a cold or hot beverage, or eating a sugary treat, you’ll need to visit your dentist immediately.
Your Tongue Knows
You might have a habit of moving your tongue around to feel your teeth. If this is the case, you might be able to spot a hole in your tooth. Finding a hole (or seeing one) means that you likely have a cavity. Schedule an appointment with Heroes Dental to get that hole filled in properly.
Pain at the Source
While tooth sensitivity may bring pain, it usually dies out after sometime. However, when a cavity has grown severely, the pain will not abide and will remain even when you are not eating or drinking anything. Consistent pain in a specific area usually means tooth decay. Constant pain may also be a sign of infection, which can lead to other serious health problems, so it is vital that if you’ve been experiencing pain in your tooth for some time, you need to visit your dentist immediately.
Another serious symptom of a cavity is going to be an abscess at the region of the cavity. An abscess may include fevers, pain, swollen glands, and may require antibiotics to kill the bacteria causing the issue. Do not allow an abscess to be left untreated as this is a sign of a serious condition that needs to be evaluated by your dentist as soon as possible.
Don’t let a cavity go unchecked. Contact your Heroes Dental office today to find the solution and comfort you need.
If you’ve noticed one of the previously mentioned signs, then it is vital that you schedule an appointment today with your Heroes Dental dentist. Getting your cavity taken care of sooner or later is going to save you money, pain, and time down the road.
Don’t forget to schedule your regular check-up appointments and to maintain good oral health care habits like brushing twice daily and flossing as well. Also, go easy on those sugary foods and liquids.
Your teeth deserve the best treatment possible and doing so will keep them happy and healthy for a lifetime.