The use of excessive sugars and not brushing teeth afterward are the leading causes of cavity development. It does not matter what age bracket you fall into; both children and adults can have holes or pits in their teeth. Leaving them untreated is one of the biggest mistakes, as it can lead to tooth loss and cost more money to repair or replace. We understand if you have never had one and can’t tell about its presence. So, how would you know if you have a cavity? Let’s find out.

Signs That Show You Have a Cavity

Here are some of the most common telltale signs of having a cavity.

1. Sensitivity to Hot or Cold

Sensitivity is characterized by sudden sharp zaps of pain that linger after eating hot or cold food. This is a potential marker that you have a cavity. As soon as bacteria does its magic on tooth enamel and wears it down, the cavity serves as an inlet to pain-triggering factors.

2. Sensitivity to Sweet Items

Although sensitivity after hot or cold beverages/food is common, a lingering pain impulse to sweets and sugary drinks can also point to tooth cavities.

3. Toothache

If you have constant pain or dull ache in one or more teeth, a cavity may be behind it. As a matter of fact, pain is one of the most common signs of a cavity. Sometimes, it can happen after eating something or just be a sudden onset.

4. Tooth Stains

Stains on teeth may start off as white spots, with them going darker as time passes. Staining due to a cavity may be in the form of brown, black, or white dots and typically on the surface of the tooth.

5. A Hole in Tooth

When you see those white spots worsening, take it as the beginning of a hole or pit development. You will also be able to feel it while running your tongue over the surface of your teeth.

It is not easy to spot cavities between teeth. In that situation, pain or sensitivity in the area can serve as identification markers.

What Does A Cavity Look Like On An X-Ray Film?

If you are wondering how dentists get to know about a cavity in your tooth, the answer lies in that dental X-ray film. Cavities appear as dark spots or shadows, indicating the depth and extent of the damage. The decayed portion is less dense, allowing more X-rays to pass; that is why it looks darker on the X-ray film.

Preventing Dental Cavities

First and foremost, start with practicing good dental hygiene to prevent the growth of cavities. If you play your part, everything else will fall in line eventually.

Furthermore, here are some ways to protect against cavities:

  • Do not skip dental appointments. Go to a dentist every 6 months for regular cleanings and physical exams.
  • Never skip brushing or flossing. Brush at least twice a day with a fluoride-infused toothpaste.
  • Brushing is crucial, but you cannot forget flossing once daily, too. Establish a regular routine to clean between teeth so that no cavity grows there. If you are not fond of the regular thread, a water flosser works just fine for it.
  • Increase water intake to flush down bacteria in the mouth and boost saliva flow.
  • It is best to steer clear of sugary sodas or juices on a regular basis and try to cut back on sugary foods.

Closing Note

We hope that this blog serves its purpose of answering most of your queries. If you have concerns or want to know more about a cavity on your tooth, get in touch with Dr. Rosita Hamidi, a graduate of the University of Texas Dental Branch, Houston, at Smile Time Dental. Visit our clinic or call (281) 245-0711 to schedule a same-day appointment.

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