WebDental

Social network for dentists and dental professionals to share news and ideas.

How to Know If You Have a Cavity: Look for Symptoms of Tooth Decay

When the enamel that covers your teeth is damaged or compromised in any way, it leads to tooth decay. As the decay progressively gets worse, cavities can occur. A cavity is a small hole or opening that leads into the center of your tooth. This can cause an infection or an abscess that damages the nerve inside the tooth, resulting in pain and discomfort. Toothaches and bleeding gums are just two signs that you may have a problem with tooth decay, cavity, or an abscess.

Signs of Tooth Decay

Cavities and decay can appear as small spots on the surface of the teeth. Small cracks or holes may also begin to appear. Other signs of tooth decay include:

  • Plaque building on the surface of your teeth can wear away the enamel, causing a rough and discolored look.

  • If an abscess or cavity has started to develop, you may experience bad breath or slight irritation of your gums.

  • Over time, your teeth may become more sensitive.
  • You may have a pronounced toothache that gradually gets worse.
  • When you brush or floss your teeth, they may begin to bleed.

Repairing Cavities

Cavities should be treated immediately to prevent the loss of your tooth. If left untreated, the damage could spread throughout your tooth. Filling a cavity while it is still very small is a much better treatment option than having to endure a root canal or tooth extraction. New filling materials are designed to be the same color as your teeth; so they are practically invisible and will last for several years. Repairing cavities as they occur will prevent infections and other health conditions from worsening.

Preventing Cavities

With proper dental care, you can prevent tooth decay from damaging your teeth.

  • Brushing and flossing every day will prevent plaque build-up and keep bacteria to a minimum.

  • It’s also important to visit your dentist once a year to have your teeth cleaned and checked for cavities and other abnormalities.

Taking proper care of your teeth will keep your smile bright and your teeth healthy for many years. If you happen to see signs of tooth decay, schedule an appointment with your dentist as soon as possible so you can get it taken care of before lasting damage occurs.

If you are looking for affordable dental care services and a trusted dentist near you, contact us at (301) 754-1900 for White Oak Office or (301)-853-1567 for Hyattsville Office.

Views: 34

Comment

You need to be a member of WebDental to add comments!

Join WebDental

WebDental Facebook Fan Page

Latest Activity

emergencydentistinhouston.com posted a blog post

The Needed Qualification To Search For In A Dentist

In case you have just shifted and you are searching for a…See More
6 hours ago
Daniel Chase posted an event
Thumbnail

The American Laser Study Club 2nd Annual Symposium 2019 at The Camby Hotel

March 29, 2019 to March 31, 2019
Following the excitement of the Inaugural ALSC Symposium in April of 2018 in Orlando, FL, we would…See More
15 hours ago
Plaza Dental Group -Iowa Dentist posted a blog post

Dentist Des Moines

Dentist in Des Moines IowaIf you are looking for the best…See More
yesterday
Laticia Gibson posted blog posts
Tuesday
Allen Gotora posted a blog post

How to Get Rid of Bad Breath: Tips by the Expert Dentist of Maryland

Bad breath has many different causes. While morning breath is common for everyone, excessive…See More
Tuesday
Peter Nguyen commented on Cary Feuerman, DMD's blog post Throat Cancer In Men Linked To HPV Virus
"Thanks for your information, Do you have any source link?"
Monday
Profile IconPlaza Family Dental, Tristan Reichstein, Ivanov Orthodontic Experts and 5 more joined WebDental
Sunday

© 2018   Created by WebDental.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service