[:en]Are you experiencing a toothache but not sure what it is? It may be a cavity, but if you’ve never had one before, how can you really tell? At Smile Workshop Denton, we know a thing or two about cavities and would be happy to share with you the top five signs it may be time to see your local dentist.
1. Toothache and Pain
It’s not always easy to tell if you’re experiencing tooth decay, but one very obvious tell-tale sign is if you you have a persistent toothache or pain when chewing. Persistent toothache may mean you are developing a cavity but the pain may differ from person to person. Pain can radiate from your tooth or even your gums and may vary from a dull, throbbing ache to sharp, acute pain.
If this symptom occurs while chewing on any food or gum, the nerve in your tooth may be infected and beginning to decay. If touching your tooth hurts, now is probably a good time to call the denstist.
2. Tooth Sensitivity
While tooth sensitivity can naturally occur, it could also be a sign of a cavity. If one tooth in particular seems to be susceptible to temperature change and is making eating and drinking unpleasant, you may want to get it looked at. If a change in pressure, like during takeoff or swimming under water, causes pain, that also may be a sign the nerve in your tooth is infected and a cavity is forming.
3. Changes in Appearance
The obvious sign to pay attention to is a change in the appearance of your teeth. If plaque builds up and turns into tartar, this can begin to erode your tooth with the help of bacteria, creating a visible pit or hole in your tooth. A change in tooth color may also be something to note. If you notice a spot or stain that is black, brown or white and soft or sticky, then it is likely you are growing a cavity.
4. Bad Breathe
How has your breathe been lately? Do you feel like even though you are brushing more, you keep reaching for the mint tin? Cavities are the perfect place for food particles and bacteria, creating odor and a bad taste in your mouth. Definitely check-in with your dentist to find the root because it may be a sign of gum disease.
5. Bleeding and Swelling
Particularly if you have a deep cavity, you may experience recurrent bleeding or swelling. Brushing a cavity on the gum line may irritate the gum and cause bleeding from your tooth, especially if you catch food in the cavity. Swelling can occur due to an infection and may not hurt, but is also a sign you should get your teeth checked for tooth decay.
When in doubt, especially when it comes to a potential cavity, it’s always good to see your local dentist. Give us a call or schedule an appointment with us today!
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