Cavities are among the most common dental health problems, and even with attentive oral care habits, you’re likely to develop one at some point in your life. A cavity is another name for tooth decay and occurs when bacteria breaks down the tooth structure. The good news is that cavities are generally easily addressed with a quick visit to the dentist—provided you catch them early.
Here are a few symptoms to watch out for:
- Tooth Pain: If you have newly developed an aching tooth, it may be a sign of decay. In some cases, you may not notice the pain until you bite down while eating. In either instance, go to your dentist to get it checked.
- Increased Sensitivity: Some patients report greater sensitivity to hot or cold foods and beverages when they have a cavity. You may notice mild or sharp pain when ingesting something hot, cold, or sweet. While there may be other reasons for increased sensitivity—such as the use of whitening products—it’s still worth seeing your dentist.
- Visible Spots: While cavities aren’t usually visible in their early stages, you may be able to actually see them once they’ve developed further. If you notice brown, black, or white staining on any surface of a tooth, get it checked by a dentist. The same goes for any visible holes or pits in the teeth.
If you have tooth pain or any other reason to suspect a cavity, see your dentist as soon as possible. Getting the problem fixed quickly will save you stress, money, and time spent in the dentist’s chair. If you’re in Farmington, NY, look to Alicia Sturn DDS for your general dentistry needs. Visit the dentist’s website or call (585) 398-2100 to schedule an appointment.