Cavities are one of the main reasons patients walk in and out of our doors on a daily basis. If you lack in oral hygiene routine, this leads to decay and tooth decay leads to cavities. Preventive care is key and keeping cavities away, but if you think you may have a cavity read the following for signs to see if you do.
One main symptom of a cavity is a toothache. When you have a toothache, the soft bulb inside the tooth becomes infected, leading to pain. Ingesting sweet foods and drinks, chewing, breathing cold air, and consuming hot or cold beverages usually trigger and worse and pain.
Bad breath is another symptom of a tooth decay problem. Even if you don’t experience tooth pain, those who don’t make brushing and flossing daily habits leave food particles in between the teeth. This bacteria grows on the remaining particles and creates halitosis. Bad breath can also be an indicator of other serious health problems, so in any case, if you are experiencing chronic bad breath see your dentist immediately.
When looking in the mirror, if you notice a black, brown, white, or gray spot on your tooth it is likely that you have a cavity. These indicate soft spots in the enamel or a growing infection. If you don’t see the spots on your teeth but are concerned you may have a cavity, routine dental check-ups are a good way to keep up-to-date with your dental health.
Broken teeth also make decay and cavities much easier to form on a tooth. With that in mind, visiting your local dentist can ensure that the decay doesn’t take root, and adjustments can be made to your tooth to ensure that decay isn’t a future problem. At Tamborello Dentistry in Magnolia, TX, we work tirelessly to make sure our patients are always healthy. Give our office a call today to schedule your very first appointment.