Anyone who has ever had to deal with a cavity knows how excruciating it can be. The best way to deal with a cavity is to have it treated before it becomes a problem. Regular visits to the dentist can help you spot it just as it is forming therefore deal with it then. Before your next appointment though, anything can happen. By knowing what to look out for can help you know when a cavity is forming and therefore go to the dentist early enough for treatment.
Pain is perhaps the best indication that something is wrong. When a cavity is forming, you will most likely feel pain when you eat or when an object comes into contact with the tooth. You should have your dentist check it out. Using pain killers may alleviate the pain but without treating the root cause of it, the situation may get worse.
- Bad breath
If you follow a regular dental routine but are suffering from bad breath, it may be a sign of cavity. Bad breath is an indication of bacteria which is the cause of the plaque that causes the cavity. Where there is a high buildup of bacteria there is a presence of an infection which is what causes the cavity to appear.
If when eating or drinking, your tooth is sensitive to heat or cold, then you should check for cavity. A sensitive tooth will react to any sensation. When your tooth has a cavity it means that the nerves underneath are exposed to the elements. This is why you will react to heat or cold. With a cavity even cold air rushing into your mouth will be felt by the sensitive tooth.
These three are the major signs that you have a cavity. You can also have your teeth examined if you notice any kind of discoloration on the enamel. When your tooth starts chipping or breaking, then the cavity may have progressed to a critical level. Get in touch with your dentist to have the situation remedied as soon as possible.
A cavity may occur even with the most stringent efforts to have proper oral hygiene. Having the cavity treated at the beginning will save you money and also the excruciating pain that will have you seeking the services of the dentist whether you want to or not.