It’s important to have cavities taken care of as soon as possible
Did you know that your overall health is affected by your oral health? This is why it’s so important to take good care of your oral health.
Unfortunately, tooth decay and cavities are common issues and if they are left untreated, they can lead to a range of other health concerns. Read further to find out what symptoms and concerns to watch out for!
What is a cavity?
Cavities are holes that occur in a tooth due to decay and enamel erosion. The main culprit for cavities is plaque which is caused when food and drinks are left lingering in your mouth to form plaque.
This plaque is full of bad bacteria which feeds off acids you consume to produce harmful acids. These acids are the cause of enamel erosion, leading to cavities and tooth decay.
Sensitivity is sometimes the first sign
One of the early signs of a cavity is usually tooth sensitivity to temperature – both hot and cold. When the enamel begins to wear away, the underlying dentin is no longer protected.
This means that hot, cold and acidic foods can then stimulate the nerves and cells inside the tooth, which can cause some discomfort and sensitivity.
Toothaches are also common
If you are experiencing an ongoing toothache, it could be a sign that you have a cavity. In some cases, the pain can occur suddenly, while in other cases it can occur when you eat something specific.
Toothaches usually occur inside the damaged tooth and surrounding area, due to the pressure when you bite and chew.
There may be stains on your teeth
Sometimes, tooth decay can cause stains to develop on the surface of the teeth. Often, white spots are the first sign of decay, while darker stains can occur as the decay advances.
The stains caused by cavities can vary in colour, ranging from brown, black and white, depending on the case.
A pit can form
if you notice a white spot on your tooth, and it worsens over time, it’s likely that you will develop a pit or hole in your tooth as the decay progresses. You may be able to feel the hole with your tongue, or even see it when you look at your teeth in the mirror, although holes in between your teeth or in the grooves and crevices may not be visible. If you have a hole in your tooth, you may experience pain and sensitivity in the affected area.
When should you see your dentist?
If you feel any pain or sensitivity, or suspect that you have a cavity for any reason, then you should book in for a dental appointment. It’s also important to maintain regular dental appointments every six months.
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