How Can You Tell If You Are Starting to Develop a Cavity?
Posted on 3/20/2019 by Jared Pell, DDS
You brush regularly. You floss. You've cut back on sodas and sugary treats, yet you still seem to have cavities! When you hear us say that dreaded word without a “no” in front of it, it may seem like all of your hard work was for nothing. That's especially true if it's a severe cavity or if the bacteria that cause cavities have had time to spread to multiple teeth.
Fortunately, there are a few warning signs that you're developing a cavity. If you know what to watch for, you can come in and deal with any cavity as soon as it starts.
Your Tooth Becomes Sensitive
Have you noticed that you have a tooth that starts to hurt when you eat or drink hot or cold things? This sensitivity occurs when the enamel on the tooth is being worn down. It's a very early sign that you're on your way to having a cavity. Unfortunately, it's also one that isn't always present. Sometimes, there's little to no sensitivity when a cavity is forming.
Another sign of a cavity is pain. Unfortunately, by the time your tooth starts hurting, you likely have a cavity already. The good news is that if you come see us quickly, we can often deal with the cavity before it becomes something more serious (and more painful).
Your Breath Smells
Bad breath is caused by more than just eating too much garlic. A cavity is the visual indication that your tooth is decaying. When this happens, the bacteria have usually multiplied to the point that they're affecting your breath. You're also likely to have a very bad taste in your mouth most of the time.
Bad breath can be a sign of other oral issues, too. If you're experiencing persistent bad breath or are concerned that you're developing a cavity, give us a call. We'll get you in for a check-up as soon as we can.