Would You Recognize A Cavity If You Had A Toothache?
Posted on 4/15/2018 by Dr. Roger Chang
Ever have a pain in your tooth that you can't explain? The sudden pulsing, piercing pain that you're racking your brain to figure out? You think maybe it is a cavity. But would you know the symptoms of a cavity if you had one?
Most people do not know when they have a cavity because they do not experience symptoms. But, cavities can get bad enough to cause discomfort and damage.
It's important to know what a cavity is and how to prevent getting one because they are a common problem and can cause some significant issues if not treated.
What Is A Cavity?
Cavities are a very common problem and can happen to anyone with teeth. Cavities, caused by plaque that develops into tooth decay, are the tiny holes that develop from permanent damage to the surface of the teeth.
They get larger if not treated and can affect the layers of the teeth beneath the surface. Without treatment, you might experience tooth pain, get an infection, or end up losing the tooth. Cavities can be caused by not cleaning your teeth well, bacteria, snacking often, and drinking sugary drinks.
What Are The Symptoms Of A Cavity?
Symptoms you might experience with a cavity include: sensitivity in your tooth, especially to temperature; pain when drinking or eating something sweet; pain when chewing or biting down; spots on the surface of the tooth; visible holes in the tooth; bleeding gums; bad taste in the mouth and/or bad breath; and toothache (pain that occurs seemingly without cause).
Please come see us if you are experiencing any of these symptoms, as this means you likely have some tooth decay. If you are a person who comes in for regular dental appointments, you may not ever experience these symptoms of a cavity because you are likely preventing the tooth decay or catching it early.
That's why it's important to schedule regular appointments with us. Regular check-ups, brushing, and flossing are your best defense against tooth decay. Let us help you keep your teeth healthy!