Who doesn’t want a bright, healthy smile? But to get that smile, it is important to take of your teeth. However, even with diligent brushing and flossing, you can still get a cavity! Treating a cavity in its early stages not only makes it easier to address, but also helps mitigate further issues associated with cavities. But that begs the question – how do you know if you have a cavity? Here are some signs you should not ignore:
- Bad breath: Though there are many reasons why you could have bad breath, a cavity could be one of those reasons. A cavity is caused by tooth decay, and the bacteria that causes the decay can make your breath smell bad.
- Sensitive teeth: Although your teeth could be sensitive because f hot or cold, a cavity could be actual culprit. This happens when the bacteria breaks down the enamel, exposing the sensitive insides.
- A toothache: Any discomfort or outright pain with your teeth can be a sign of decay. For smaller areas of decay, a dental filling may be enough to fix it. If the toothache is caused by more extensive decay, then you may need a cap, known as a crown, to protect the rest of the tooth.
- Loss of a filling: Did you know that you can have cavity in a tooth even if you have a filling? Tooth decay can happen quite easily in an area that is already weakened from decay. Also, fillings can break down over time, leading to less protection for your tooth.
The most sure-fire way of knowing whether or not you have a cavity is to see your dentist. Not only can they repair the damage from a cavity, they can also detect other issues with your oral care. If you have possible signs of a cavity, or if it has been a while since your last visit, make an appointment today – you won’t regret it.