Cavities are the most common case of tooth decay with more than 3 million cases in the U.S. alone each year. According to the National Institutes of Health, it's the most prevalent health condition after the common cold.
It’s more than likely that if you haven’t already had a cavity, you will develop at least one in your lifetime.
So, how do you know if you have a cavity?
Well, in the very early stages, you could experience nothing. But over time, you may begin to experience a variety of symptoms. Here are 6 symptoms that could mean you have a cavity:
A toothache or spontaneous tooth pain
Pain (slight or severe) when eating something sweet, hot, or cold
Staining (brown, black, or white) on the surface of your tooth
Visible holes in your tooth. Those holes are cavities
Pain when biting down
As with all health conditions, it's best to catch a cavity in its early stages. At the bare minimum, keep your twice yearly visits with us to ensure we catch them in time. If you're nearing that time of the year or if you're experiencing any of the above symptoms, call our office today at 619-421-2828 and schedule an appointment so we can assess your dental health.
We will let you know the best course of treatment for your particular situation. The recommendation could be as easy as watching and waiting to see if we find any early signs of tooth decay. But if you're already symptomatic, we may need to discuss a more in-depth treatment plan.
In addition, take a more proactive stance in preventing cavities. Brush twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste, floss at least once daily, and try to minimize the amount of sugar in your diet. Following these steps will help you to keep cavities at away.