Green Dental and Orthodontics

Signs of a Cavity What You Should Know

  1. Tooth Pain: One of the most common signs of a cavity is experiencing tooth pain, especially when you bite down or apply pressure to the affected tooth.
  2. Sensitivity: Increased sensitivity to hot, cold, or sweet foods and beverages can be a sign of a cavity. If you notice discomfort when consuming these items, it could indicate tooth decay.
  3. Visible Holes or Pits: If you can visually see holes, pits, or dark spots on the surface of your teeth, it may be a sign of a cavity. These areas are where decay has eaten away at the enamel.
  4. Tooth Discoloration: Discoloration or staining on the surface of the tooth can be a sign of decay. The tooth may appear brown, black, or white in spots.
  5. Bad Breath: Persistent bad breath that doesn’t improve with regular oral hygiene practices could be a sign of tooth decay. Bacteria from the cavity can produce foul-smelling gases.
  6. Swelling or Pus: In advanced stages of tooth decay, you may experience swelling around the affected tooth or notice the presence of pus, indicating an infection.
  7. Pain When Eating or Drinking: Discomfort when consuming certain foods or beverages, particularly those that are sweet, hot, or cold, can be a sign of a cavity.

If you experience any of these signs or symptoms, it’s important to visit your dentist as soon as possible for an evaluation and appropriate treatment. Early detection and treatment of cavities can help prevent further damage to the tooth and surrounding tissues.

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