4 Ways to Tell If You Have a Cavity

When too much bacteria, sugars, and/or acids reside on the teeth, the tooth enamel starts to decay. The usual suspects of tooth decay are candy, soda, energy drinks, and a poor oral hygiene routine. When enamel-eating bacteria is left on the tooth for too long, it can dig a hole right into your tooth—a hole that’s also known as a cavity. Finding cavities isn’t as easy as you’d think, though, since they could be hidden in the back of your mouth or even in between teeth. Here’s how to treat cavities and some of it’s symptoms to help you diagnose them.

Tips for Finding Cavities

1. Pain and sensitivity

Experiencing pain and sensitivity in your mouth, it could be because you have a cavity. When a cool breeze or a sip of hot coffee touches the cavity area and you get a sharp zing of pain, it’s generally an indication of either weakened enamel or cavity.

If you don’t get the cavity treated, you may start to experience regular pain in the area. It may even spread throughout your mouth when it starts getting severe. If you experience pain in your mouth, it’s a sign that the act of finding cavities should have started long ago.

2. Bad breath

Bad breath is usually caused by bacterial breeding grounds in your mouth, due to lack of care and attention. Most people don’t realize they have bad breath, and it takes a second opinion for someone to really know there’s anything wrong.

Perform regular brushing and flossing as normal and, if your bad breath continues, it’s more than likely a cavity.

3. Darkening, changing of appearance4 Ways to Tell If You Have a Cavity

When cavities first develop, they’re basically invisible to the untrained eye, which makes finding cavities rather difficult. But after a while, they start to take shape as a dark spot, resembling more closely a hole in your tooth.

As soon as the affected area starts to change color and size, you should see a dentist right away, especially if it’s accompanied by pain and sensitivity. When holes develop, you can’t always feel them, nor is it always a cavity—however, it is a sign of a cavity and you should get it checked out regardless.

4. Pus

Having the presence of pus along with cavities is not a good sign. It’s usually an indication that there’s an abscess or infection. At this point, treatment is not too late. It may, however, involve more invasive treatments.

Once cavities reach the point of infection, a composite filling may not do the trick anymore—you may need crowns or even a root-canal. Make sure to visit a dentist before your cavity gets worse.

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4 Ways to Tell If You Have a Cavity

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