Signs and Symptoms of Cavities
May 24, 2022
One of the most typical dental issues that patients face is cavities, which are areas of permanently damaged enamel on your teeth that develop into tiny holes. If left untreated, total tooth decay and other more serious dental problems can arise. Here are some common cavity signs and symptoms that should not be ignored.
1. Noticeable Discoloration or Dark Spots
Dark patches on the tooth’s surface can appear when a cavity begins to form. These spots may appear to be just your normal stains at first, and you may even believe you have minor tooth discoloration. The dark stain, on the other hand, becomes larger with time, indicating dental decay. Cavities can appear as white spots or light marks on the teeth in some situations.
2. Sudden Pain or Discomfort
Cavities are known to cause pain as the dentin, the part of the tooth that is beneath enamel is exposed which affects the inner nerve of the tooth. The type and severity of pain will vary from patient to patient, so while some may experience sharp pain while chewing, others can have difficulties flossing certain areas.
3. Visible Holes on Teeth
Cavities are tiny holes that grow on the surfaces of your teeth. You most likely have a cavity if you can physically see a hole in or on your teeth. Even if the hole isn’t yet a cavity, having an opening in your tooth’s enamel allows germs to enter and trigger dental decay.
4. Constant Bad Breath and Unpleasant Taste
Consistent bad breath combined with an unpleasant taste in your mouth can also signal that cavities are present. As cavities are caused by a bacterial infection, the presence of this bacteria in your mouth produces waste that contributes to this symptom.
There are several steps you can take to keep your teeth cavity-free. Preventative care is the best way to ensure a healthy smile. This includes brushing twice daily, flossing once daily and visiting Beall Dental Center every six months.
Schedule your appointment with our expert team and let us help prevent cavities and treat them if they do occur.