Signs You May Have a Cavity
Are you worried that you might have a cavity? Dr. Denise Perrotta, who practices cosmetic dentistry in Winston Salem, NC, shares a few common cavity signs.
What are the signs of a cavity?
You may have no symptoms during the early stages of tooth decay. As the decay progresses, you might notice one or more of these signs:
- A Toothache: An aching or throbbing sensation can occur occasionally or may be constant.
- Pits or Holes: Small hole in your teeth are a telltale sign of cavities.
- Stains: Black, brown or white stains on your teeth may indicate that you have a cavity.
- Pain When Chewing: Putting pressure on your tooth can cause pain if tooth decay is present.
- Sensitivity: Cavities can cause sensitivity to hot, cold and sweet foods. Sensitivity occurs when tooth decay eats away at your enamel, exposing tubes in the underlying dentin that transmit sensations to the nerves in the pulp
How did I get a cavity?
Plaque, a colorless, sticky, bacteria-laden film covers your teeth every day. You've probably felt it if you've run your tongue over your teeth and noticed that they felt a little rough. When you eat, plaque combines with the sugars in food to create acids that attack your enamel, causing cavities. Eating or drinking foods and beverages that are very acidic or high in sugar can increase your cavity risk. Although brushing and flossing help remove plaque, it can be difficult to remove every speck of it, particularly if it accumulates in the pits of molars or in other hard-to-reach places.
How can I reduce my cavity risk?
In addition to daily brushing and flossing, visiting your dentist every six months is an excellent way to decrease your risk of developing cavities. During your regular visits, you'll receive a thorough cleaning to remove plaque and tartar. Visits also include a complete dental examination and yearly or bi-yearly X-rays that help your dentist find cavities.
Whether you're concerned about a painful tooth, or it's time for your next dental exam, Dr. Denise Perrotta in Winston Salem, NC offers comprehensive cosmetic dentistry services that will help you enjoy good oral health. Call her at (336) 760-9258 to schedule an appointment. Reduce your cavity risk with regular dental exams.