Only your dentist can tell you for sure if you have a cavity or tooth decay. That said, there are a few common signs and symptoms of dental cavities which you may to notice.
What is a cavity?
Tooth decay may lead to dental caries or 'cavities' as they are often called.
Cavities are small holes or openings in a tooth that can be caused by a number of factors, including poor oral hygiene, bacteria in your mouth, consuming sugary drinks or snacking on sweet foods.
What are the signs that you may have a cavity?
It's unlikely that you will know when a cavity is first beginning to form since there aren't any noticeable symptoms in the early stages. That's why it's important to visit your dentist for regular dental checkups and cleanings. Your dentist will be able to spot developing cavities early, and treat the tooth decay before painful symptoms begin.
The fact is, cavities may be forming in your mouth even when your mouth feels perfectly ok.
When cavities begin to get larger and deeper you will likely develop some of the following symptoms:
- You may suddenly have a toothache or pain without any apparent cause.
- Sharp pain might occur when you bite down on foods.
- You could experience unusual tooth sensitivity.
- When you are eating or drinking anything hot, cold or sweet you may experience mild to sharp pain.
- It's possible that you will be able to see holes or small pits in your teeth.
- Staining may be visible on the surface of your tooth.
To help prevent cavities from occurring, be sure to brush thoroughly twice a day, floss your teeth daily, and visit to your dentist every 6 months.
If you have any of the signs or symptoms listed above, you should contact your dentist immediately to book an appointment. Our Surrey dentist can help you to prevent cavities, as well as treat any existing cavities you may have.