3 Warning Signs You Might Have A Cavity

Oral_HealthWhen it comes to oral health challenges, there are few conditions more prevalent than dental cavities. In fact, it is actually the second most common health challenge overall – right behind the common cold!

Tooth decay is caused by the plaque that forms when the bacteria living inside your mouth are “fed” sugars and other carbohydrates present in the food you eat. If the plaque is left on your teeth, it can harden into tartar, which eats away at the structure of your teeth. Many times, the earliest stages of tooth decay are painless, and offer few visible symptoms. But you should be concerned for your oral health if any of these symptoms are present in your mouth.

  1. White, gray, black or brown spots on your teeth – especially if they do not improve after whitening. This is a sign that your tooth enamel is weakening.
  2. Sensitivity to cold – particularly if the sensitivity is specific to one or a few teeth and doesn’t involve the entire mouth.
  3. Sensitivity to sweets – again, this could be the sign of a cavity if only one or a few teeth are involved.

Additionally, it is possible for cavities to form in places that are hard to see, such as between your teeth. If you make an appointment with your dentist, he or she can evaluate your teeth and check for decay using X-rays and other tools. You can minimize your risk of cavities by brushing twice a day, flossing once a day, and rinsing your mouth with water after eating sugary or starchy foods.

“Cavities are common, but good oral health habits and regular checkups can help you minimize their impact on your mouth, says Dr. Carol Ford, a cosmetic dentist with a practice in central Phoenix.

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