Let’s face it; no one loves going to the dentist to get a cavity filled. But unless you’re born with fantastic dental genetics or you’re a teeth-brushing machine, it’s likely that you’ll get a cavity or two over the course of your life. Cavities, which form as a result of tooth decay, can damage both the enamel of your teeth as well as the inner layer of your teeth, known as the dentin. While regular dental check-ups can help you identify and remedy cavities before they become bigger problems, you may want to know and recognize the symptoms of a cavity.
Cavities form when tooth decay occurs. This decay is caused by carbohydrates, like sugars and starches, are left on the teeth for too long. Bacteria feed on these foods and in turn produce acids. This combination of acid, bacteria, saliva and food particles combine to create plaque. Plaque then dissolves the enamel of the teeth, creating cavities.
Symptoms of a Cavity
Toothache: Although you may not be able to feel a cavity until it is advanced, a toothache may be one of the symptoms of a cavity. If you have a prolonged toothache, see your dentist immediately.
Sensitivity: When hot and cold liquids or food cause sensitivity, this may be a sign you have a cavity.
Visible holes: Sometimes you can actually see a cavity. If you can see (or feel with your tongue) a hole in your tooth, that’s a sure-fire sign that you need to see your dentist.
Pus: If you see any pus around a tooth or along your gums, you may have a cavity problem. Call to schedule a check-up with your dentist.
Ready to live cavity-free? Make an appointment today for your regular check-up and cleaning and help ensure that your teeth are ship-shape and cavity-free!