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Will I Know If I Have a Cavity?

Posted on 5/1/2024 by Dr. Matthew C Clayton
A 3d rendering of a tooth with decayCavities are very common in both children and adults. In fact, it is one of the most common dental issues humans face. If you think you may have a cavity in your tooth, here are some warning signs to look out for.

What Is a Cavity?

Cavities are also called dental caries, which means there is a hole or a space in your tooth caused by bacterial acid. Tooth decay is the most common disease around the world and affects millions of people daily. Cavities begin when the acids in common mouth bacteria eat away at your tooth enamel. Over time, if you leave a cavity untreated, it will continue to grow into your tooth until it reaches the middle of your tooth, which will cause a tooth infection.

How Will I Know If I Have a Cavity?

If you think you might have a cavity, you should be on the lookout for signs of a cavity. The most obvious sign that you may have a cavity in one of your teeth is tooth sensitivity or tooth pain. People often report tooth sensitivity when eating or drinking very hot or very cold foods. This tooth sensitivity is different than general tooth sensitivity. If you have sensitivity to hot or cold foods in only one tooth rather than several teeth, you may have a cavity. Tooth pain is also quite common with cavities, especially if the cavity has progressed close to your tooth pulp in the middle of your tooth.

You may also notice that one of your teeth looks discolored, especially if you notice a brown or black spot on your tooth that is still apparent after you brush your teeth. Cavities can leave your tooth discolored as the acids in the bacteria eat away at your tooth enamel. Other signs you may have a cavity include bad breath, headaches, or jaw pain.

If you think you have a cavity, you need to make an appointment to see one of our dentists. Why not give us a call today to get your tooth taken care of as soon as possible?

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