At Hanin Dental Surrey, our dentists understand that even when patients try hard to keep their teeth and gums healthy, cavities can strike. Today, our dentists explain the signs of a cavity or tooth decay.
What is a Cavity?
Cavities are small holes in your teeth that are caused by ongoing tooth decay. Bacteria in your mouth, snacking on sweet foods, and poor oral hygiene are all factors that can lead to cavities and tooth decay.
Spotting Cavities Early
When cavities are just beginning to form, there are no detectable signs that anything is wrong with your tooth. Even when you aren't experiencing any symptoms, and your teeth feel perfectly fine, cavities may be forming in your mouth. That's why regular dental checkups and cleanings are essential for preventing cavities and tooth decay.
Regular dental cleanings and checkups give your dentist the opportunity to monitor your dental health and detect and treat tooth decay early, before you notice any painful symptoms. Left untreated cavities will continue to grow and become more serious, until you begin to develop unpleasant symptoms.
Signs That You May Have A Cavity
- Mild to sharp pain when you are eating or drinking anything hot, cold or sweet
- Sharp pain when biting down on foods
- Sudden toothache or pain without any apparent cause
- Unusual tooth sensitivity
- Staining on the surface of your tooth
- Holes or small pits may be visible in your teeth
Contact your dentist to book an appointment, if you have any of the above symptoms. Your dentist can diagnose and treat cavities before they cause more serious damage to your tooth.
Our Surrey dentists believe that when it comes to tooth decay, prevention is always the best treatment! Keep your smile healthy and bright by brushing your teeth thoroughly twice daily, flossing regularly and seeing your dentist at least once every six months for checkups and professional cleanings.