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How do I know if I have a cavity?

How do I know if I have a cavity?

A strong oral hygiene routine helps to prevent tooth decay and cavities. But if you're experiencing unusual tooth pain you may be wondering how you can tell if you have a cavity. Here are Surrey dentist shares a few signs that you may have a cavity.

What Are Cavities

Cavities are small holes or openings in teeth that are caused by tooth decay. 

A number of factors can lead to tooth decay, including naturally occurring bacteria in your mouth, poor oral hygiene, and snacking on sweet foods.

Signs That You May Have a Cavity?

As cavities first begin to form you won't experience any symptoms. There are no early warning signs of tooth decay, which is why regular dental checkups and cleanings are essential when it comes to preventing cavities.

Your teeth may feel perfectly fine but cavities could be forming in your mouth. 

Visiting your dentist regularly gives your dentist the opportunity to spot cavities early and treat them before they become more serious. If left untreated small cavities will continue to grow larger and you will begin to experience some unpleasant symptoms such as: 

  • Unusual tooth sensitivity
  • Sharp pain when biting down on foods
  • Sudden toothache or pain without any apparent cause
  • Staining on the surface of your tooth
  • Mild to sharp pain when you are eating or drinking anything hot, cold or sweet
  • Holes or small pits may be visible in your teeth

If you are experiencing any of the symptoms above, Contact your dentist as soon as possible to book an appointment. Only a dental professional can tell you for certain whether you have a cavity.

Our dentists believe that prevention is far better than treatment. Preventive dental care is essential to maintaining a healthy smile throughout your lifetime. To help prevent tooth decay and cavities, brush thoroughly twice daily, floss regularly and see your dentist at least once every six months for professional cleaning and checkups.

If you'd like to learn more about how to prevent cavities, contact our Surrey dental office today.

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