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How to Know if You Have a Cavity

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 for a dental cleaning and exam  will ensure we catch them in time.  

If you have a cavity we will let you know the best course of treatment for your particular situation. This could be as easy as doing a simple and virtually painless procedure using an air abrasion technique.  Or, if you are symptomatic, we may have to formulate a more in-depth treatment plan.  

If you have a cavity, we strongly encourage you to follow through with your treatment plan.  The cavity will not get better on it's own - it will only get worse.  This means it becomes more painful, more expensive and time consuming to treat, and more likely to impact the integrity of your tooth.   As always, brush twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste, floss at least once a day, and (have we said this already?) come in for your regular dental cleaning and check up.  These steps will help you be proactive in preventing cavities.  

Is it time for your appointment?  Don't let your 2017 benefits go to waste!  Call us at 919.755.3450 or schedule online.  

 

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