Dental cavities are a common issue, which often go unnoticed until they begin to cause real damage to the tooth.
A cavity is a hole in the tooth caused by decay. In advanced stages, cavities can cause pain, sensitivity, or infection.
I’m worried about cavities. Are there any signs?
Cavities Often Exist without Symptoms,
UNTIL THEY BECOME SERIOUS
A large cavity may be accompanied by tooth pain. Rather than a continuous ache, pain from a cavity is typically spontaneous and may occur without an apparent cause. Sometimes, biting down can cause pain.
Sensitivity to Cold, Hot, or Sweet Foods
Decay can spread from the enamel to the inner portion of the tooth, exposing the nerves. This can make you more sensitive to fluctuations in temperature and certain foods.
Changes in the appearance of your tooth can also indicate an issue. Brown, black, or white staining on the surface of any tooth may signify a cavity.
Am I at a high risk for cavities?
Your Diet and Brushing Habits
CAN INCREASE YOUR RISK FOR CAVITIES
Everyone is at risk for developing cavities. However, there are certain factors that can increase the chance of tooth decay, including:
Poor oral hygiene
Frequent snacking throughout the day
A lack of fluoride
Heartburn or gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)