Ouch! Suddenly you have a pain in your mouth. Our Surrey and North Delta dentists understand that even when patients try hard to keep their teeth and gums healthy, cavities can strike. But how do you know when you have a cavity?
What Are Cavities
Cavities which are also called 'Dental caries', are small holes in your teeth that are caused by tooth decay. Snacking on sweet foods, poor oral hygiene, and bacteria in your mouth are all factors that can lead to tooth decay and cavities.
Detecting & Treating Cavities Early
In the early stages, when cavities are just beginning to form, there are no signs that anything is wrong. Cavities may be forming in your mouth even when you aren't experiencing any symptoms, and your teeth feel perfectly fine. That's why regular dental checkups and cleanings are essential for preventing cavities.
Visiting your Surrey and North Delta dentist regularly allows your dentist to detect and treat tooth decay early, before you notice any painful symptoms. If left untreated cavities will continue to grow and become more serious, until you develop some unpleasant symptoms.
Common Signs That You May Have A Cavity
- Sharp pain when biting down on foods
- Sudden toothache or pain without any apparent cause
- Mild to sharp pain when you are eating or drinking anything hot, cold or sweet
- Unusual tooth sensitivity
- Holes or small pits may be visible in your teeth
- Staining on the surface of your tooth
Contact your dentist to book an appointment as soon as possible, if you have any of the above symptoms. Only a dental professional can diagnose and treat cavities.
That said, when it comes to tooth decay, prevention is always the best treatment! To keep your smile healthy and bright, brush thoroughly twice daily, floss regularly and see your dentist at least once every six months for professional cleaning and checkups.