You don’t have to see small holes in your teeth for there to be a cavity. An unwanted surprise, we know, but there are actually several key warning signs that you may have a cavity. Cavities are not to be ignored. A cavity if not filled can travel to the root and cause significant rot. Today we are going to help you decipher if it’s time to make that call to us at Bells Corners Family Dentistry.
- Suffering random tooth pain?
If you are experiencing pain coming from a tooth (or teeth) that does not have a specific cause, you may have a cavity. Random tooth pain is not typically random. It is usually the rot that is causing you pain.
- Noticing cold/hot food/drink causes you discomfort?
With tooth sensitivity, there could be several reasons, and not all of them add up to a cavity being the cause. It’s best if you’re unsure to book a visit with your dentist regardless. They will be able to diagnose your sensitivity and come up with a treatment plan to help.
- Are you seeing brown, black or white staining on the surface of a tooth?
If you’re at a point where you are seeing tooth discolouration, you should definitely book an appointment. There is a strong chance that you have a cavity or another dental issue.
- Pain when you chew?
If you’re finding that you are experiencing discomfort when you chew or put pressure on your teeth, a cavity could be in the works. Of course, this could be caused by other issues as well, but only a dentist can help you uncover the root of the issue.
We hope we have helped you better grasp some symptoms of a cavity. If you think you have developed a cavity, don’t worry, it can happen to the best of us. But we want to stress the importance of getting it filled. If you avoid treatment, you could suffer the following:
- Tooth loss
- Extreme daily pain
- Nutrition issues
- A tooth abscess, which can result in life-threatening infections
After your treatment, the next thing on your oral health checklist is to prevent future cavities from interfering with your life. The first tip is fairly basic, make sure to brush your teeth two times a day, the trick is to make sure it’s with toothpaste that contains fluoride. Fluoride can significantly help reduce tooth decay. It can also sometimes be found in tap water. Another tip is to avoid sugary snacks, if you need to reach for a snack, try something sugar-free. Sugary foods/drinks are well known to lead to tooth decay. Our group of professional dentists will happily answer any additional questions that you may have regarding oral health maintenance. So what are you waiting for? The only real way to tell if you have a cavity is to hop in our office’s chair. You can conveniently book online now or give us a call at 613-596-6447.