If You Have These Symptoms, You May Have a Cavity

While good oral health and regular visits with your Great Neck dentist can help you avoid cavities, you can still develop a cavity or as it’s also called. The tricky thing about cavities is that it’s common to not even realize you have one until you visit your dentist for a routine exam. That’s because many cavities, especially early on, don’t cause any pain and may not be visible to the untrained eye. But don’t worry! The friendly team here at your favorite Great Neck dentistry office is offering up this list of cavity symptoms.

White Spots

If you notice white spots on a tooth, you may have a cavity developing. The white spots you see are a sign that those areas on your tooth’s surface have lost important minerals. It’s very important to visit your dentist right away because it’s possible to stop or reverse the development of a cavity at this point.

Tooth Sensitivity

If a tooth is suddenly sensitive when you eat or drink something hot, cold or sugary, it’s likely that the tooth is developing a cavity. Tooth sensitivity typically indicates that the protective enamel has been worn away, allowing harmful bacteria to enter the inner portion of your tooth where the nerves are located.

Darkened Areas

If you have a tooth that has developed a brown, darkish colored area, it’s a sign of a more progressed cavity. That darkened area is where your tooth’s structure has started to soften and break down. Usually, these dark spots develop on front teeth or the tops of molars. However, they can also develop between your teeth without you even seeing them. That’s why routine dental exams are so important!

Tooth Pain

If you experience tooth pain when eating, it’s very likely that you have a serious cavity that needs immediate attention. This is a sign that decay has reached a nerve in your tooth. If the decay is extensive and reaches deep down inside the tooth, your dentist may recommend a root canal that involves extracting the decayed pulp from the center of the tooth and replacing it with a strengthening filler.

Foul-Smelling Breath

If you’ve noticed that your breath is foul-smelling even after brushing and flossing your teeth, it could be a sign that you have a decaying tooth. We encourage you to contact us right away for an appointment so we can examine your mouth to check for decay. If we do find decay and treat your tooth, your breath won’t smell bad anymore, unless of course, you eat something like garlic that’s notorious for causing stinky breath!

Contact Passes Dental Care

If you have any of the symptoms of cavities, we urge you to contact us right away for an appointment. During your visit, one of our dentists will examine your teeth to check for decay and recommend the right treatment if a cavity is found. Before you leave our office, we’ll remind you of the importance of seeing us every six months so we can examine and clean your teeth. We hope to hear from you soon!

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