How to Tell If You Have a Cavity: Symptoms You Shouldn’t Ignore

How to Tell If You Have a Cavity: Symptoms You Shouldn’t Ignore

Cavities are one of the most common health problems of today. It affects more than 3 million people yearly in the country. Cavities can cause a number of serious health problems. For instance, if the cavity is not quickly addressed, you may require root canal therapy. As a cavity develops it may be painless initially, however there are certain symptoms that points to cavity growth.

Constant and Persistent Toothache and Pain

The most common symptom of a developing cavity is a toothache or severe pain. The pain is usually worse when the damaged tooth comes into contact with something. Pain in the tooth or gums below the tooth is often a symptom of cavity. Sometimes the pain may be a sharp, acute pain or a dull, tender pain.

Pain When Chewing Food

A sharp pain or hurting when chewing food could be as a result of cracks in the tooth or due to cavity in the tooth. A sharp pain when biting or chewing could be as a result of infection and decaying of the nerve in your tooth. If you touch the afflicted area and shutter in pain, then it is important you schedule an appointment with your dentist for a dental examination.

Bad breath or Bad taste in the mouth

Cavities are basically small, infected holes that develop within the teeth, making them a perfect breeding ground for food particles and bacteria. When acid and sugars cause formation of cavities, bacteria can get in the hole they form. This bacteria can cause mouth odor and cause bad taste in the mouth. Bad breath can be a warning of a gum disease. Contact your dentist to examine you if you notice bad breath or bad taste in the mouth.

Increased temperature sensitivity

Many people have at one point in life had at least one cavity. This cavity was characterized by strange sensitivity to temperature in the affected tooth. If you become extra sensitive to hot or cold liquids and foods such that eating or drinking becomes unpleasant and painful then a nerve might have become exposed and can sense temperature easier.

Visible holes in teeth

Cavities form from buildup of bacteria in the mouth, primarily due to poor oral hygiene. In a healthy mouth, bacteria, food pieces and saliva accumulate to form plaque. Plaque is the sticky, white substance that accumulates on the teeth and should be washed off when you brush. However, when plaque stays on teeth, it becomes harder and becomes tartar which converts sugar into acid. Tartar in combination with bacteria start to work their way through the teeth, eventually creating a cavity. This lead to physical symptoms that make cavities easy to spot.

Teeth discoloration

While some cavities appear as holes or abscesses, others form stains or spots on the surface of the infected tooth. Brown, Black and white spots on the teeth are often signs of tooth decay, though they can also be natural stains. A symptom of growing cavity is a soft or sticky spot, in some cases entire tooth darken and becomes more likely to chip. Visit a dentist to have stains evaluated once you notice spots or teeth discoloration.

 

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