How to Tell if You Have a Cavity

Blog by Dr. Verma: how to tell if you have a cavity

Blog article written by Dr. Shivani Verma

Cavities. That one word sends shivers down the spines of many. Images of numbing shots and dental drills automatically pop into the imagination. For many, a fear of dental procedures leads them to ignore the possibility that they have these decayed areas on their teeth. However, if left untreated, cavities can lead to more serious oral health issues, like infection, toothaches or even total tooth loss.

Cavities are a very common oral health problem, and when caught early, they can be treated quite easily by the team at Dental Choice. But how do you know if it’s time to go to the dentist? Here are some signs to catch if you think you may have a cavity before you make a trip to your local dental office.

Bad Breath

When tooth decay is left untreated, bacteria in the mouth begin to rapidly multiply. Increased bacteria in the mouth can result in bad breath. It may be difficult to notice at first, but after a while, you may start to find that no amount of regular brushing makes the odour go away. This may be bacteria growing and may even be an early sign of a dental cavity.

Bad Taste

Some bacteria can also lead to a bad taste developing in your mouth. Although there are other causes for taste alteration, it may occur when there is decay growing in the mouth.  A chronic bad taste is another thing to look out for if you suspect you have a cavity.

Tooth Sensitivity or Pain

If you have a cavity, the tooth will continue to decay if left untreated. Initially, this deterioration may cause some sensitivity. You may further notice that when you eat or drink something hot or cold, you feel discomfort. Even if it feels fine at other times, increased sensitivity should not be ignored. If overlooked, this can soon give way to a toothache. Pain is often an indicator that there is decay that has been left untreated for a longer period of time.  Make the call to schedule a dental appointment.

Dark Spots or Holes

Tooth decay may even become visible to the naked eye. At first, it can appear as a dark or discolored spot on the tooth, then it increases in size. In some cases, you may see a hole in the tooth or feel it with your tongue. At this point, a visit to the dentist is crucial.

Visit Dental Choice: We’ll Clean and Fill Your Dental Cavity

Shivani smilesThe best and most sure-fire way to determine if you have a cavity is a visit to your dentist’s office. Dr. Shivani Verma of Millwoods Dental Choice is well accustomed to this common dental issue and can work to take care of it for you. If you suspect you may have a dental cavity, request your appointment at Dental Choice.

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