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How to Know if You Have a Cavity

How to Know if You Have a Cavity
Posted on 06/26/2018
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According to the National Institutes of Health, the most prevalent health condition after the common cold is tooth decay.

It’s more than likely that if you haven’t already had a cavity, you will develop at least one in your lifetime.

So, how do you know if you have a cavity? Well, depending on the severity of your tooth decay, you may experience a variety of symptoms. Here are some of the accompanying symptoms that go along with tooth decay:

  • Nothing (in the early stages)
  • A toothache or spontaneous tooth pain
  • Tooth sensitivity
  • Pain (slight or severe) when eating something sweet, hot, or cold
  • Staining (brown, black, or white) on the surface of your tooth
  • Visible holes in your tooth. Those holes are cavities
  • Pain when biting down

The best time to catch a cavity is in the early stages, when there are few, if any, symptoms.

Keeping your twice-yearly (or more) visits with us will ensure we catch them in time. We have a variety of ways to schedule a routine visit and cleaning. Our Appointment Request Form will let us know when you’re wanting to come in and we will call you to confirm. Or, visit our Contact Us Page to call the office or email our front desk.

If you’d like to see what others say about Show Your Grin Dental first, read some of our reviews on Google or reach out for an appointment from our Facebook page or Yelp page.

We will let you know the best course of treatment for your particular situation. Often, the recommendation could be as easy as observing to see if we find any tooth decay in the very early stages, which we will notice during your bi-annual office visits.

Or, if you are symptomatic, we may have to formulate a more in-depth treatment plan. Routine dental visits at Show Your Grin Dental include a thorough oral exam to check the health of your teeth and gums, an oral cancer screening to spot any suspicious signs very early, and a professional cleaning to remove stubborn deposits and make your teeth look and feel great and prevent future decaying. So don't miss out on the many benefits a visit offers you and your family! We strive to make your appointments best fit your schedule. Call today to discuss.

As always, brush twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste, floss at least once a day, and try to minimize the amount of sugar in your diet.

These steps will help you be proactive in preventing cavities. Even better, your teeth will thank you for it!

Happy Smiling!