How do I know if I have a cavity? What are the signs of cavities? What should I watch out for with cavities? We hear questions like these every single day. Your dentist will be able to see if you have a cavity when you come in for your semi-annual cleaning, but that may be months away from you. If you are concerned that you may have a cavity right now, the indicators below will give you a good idea about the current state of your oral health.
Of course, if you can blatantly see a hole in one of your teeth, you have a cavity. You will most likely encounter some of the other signs below long before you have a noticeable hole, but that does not always happen. Try to keep an eye on your smile as often as possible, especially in the case of your back teeth. Those are the ones that are most likely to have a cavity in them.
Pain in the mouth is never a good sign. You should not be having pain of any kind on your teeth unless you have a cavity, worn enamel, tooth decay, etc. If your dental pain does not go away after a day or two, you need to schedule a time to see your dentist. You could have a cavity or other issue on your hand that you need to get treatment for.
Sensitive teeth aren’t always associated with cavities, but they can. If your teeth are sensitive to changes in temperatures or pressure levels, you may have a cavity to deal with. There are other factors to keep in mind though. For instance, if you have recently whitened your teeth, they are going to be more sensitive than usual. Treat your teeth with care during this sensitive time, and schedule a time to see your dentist right away.
Bad breath can come from the bacteria that live in tooth infections. A cavity is really nothing more than the visible result of a tooth infection. While there are other potential causes of bad breath, this is one of the most common ones. It’s not always about what you eat or how often you brush your teeth. Your teeth themselves could be creating that foul odor in your mouth.
If you think that you have a cavity, contact your dentist to schedule an appointment and get definitive answers you can trust.
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