Ouch! Suddenly you have a pain in one of your teeth. Our Surrey dentists know that even when patients try hard to keep their teeth and gums healthy, cavities can strike. But how do you know if you have a cavity?
Dental Caries - Cavities
Dental caries, better known as cavities, are small holes in your teeth that are caused by tooth decay. Snacking frequently on sweet foods, poor oral hygiene, and naturally occurring bacteria in your mouth are all factors that can lead to tooth decay and cavities.
Why Regular Check-Ups Help to Prevent Cavities
When cavities are just beginning to form, there are no signs that anything is wrong with your tooth. Which means that even when you aren't experiencing any symptoms cavities could be forming in your mouth. That's why regular dental checkups and cleanings are essential for preventing cavities.
Visiting your dentist every six months gives your dentist the opportunity to detect tooth decay early, before the decay become more severe and painful symptoms develop. Left untreated, cavities will continue to grow and possibly cause extensive damage the structure of your tooth.
Signs That You May Have a Cavity
- Sharp pain when biting down on foods
- Sudden toothache or pain without any apparent cause
- Mild to sharp pain when you are eating or drinking anything hot, cold or sweet
- Unusual tooth sensitivity
- Holes or small pits may be visible in your teeth
- Staining on the surface of your tooth
If you are experiencing any of the symptoms listed above contact your dentist as soon as possible to book an examination. Only a dental professional can diagnose and treat cavities.
At Guildford Dental we firmly believe that when it comes to tooth decay, prevention is always the better than treatment! To keep your smile healthy and bright, brush thoroughly twice daily, floss regularly and see your dentist at least once every six months for professional cleaning and checkups.