Even if you brush and floss regularly, you may still develop a cavity in or between your teeth at some point in your life. Sometimes, cavities occur with no warning, but other times, you may have an idea that something is not quite right. Here are 5 signs that you may need to see your dentist about a cavity.
- Sensitivity: Teeth can become sensitive to extreme hot or cold temperatures if a cavity is present.
- Aches and Pains: A dull tooth ache is a pretty clear indication you need to see a dentist. Sharp pain when you bite on something hard or when you chew can also mean a cavity has formed.
- Pitfalls: If you notice any pitting or small holes on your teeth, including between teeth or on the chewing surface, you may indeed need a filling.
- Stains and spots: Stains or discolorations on teeth can be due to food and beverages, such as coffee, tea and blueberries. If the stains or dark spots persist, it could be that you have a cavity.
- Oral Odor: Bad breath is a less obvious sign of a cavity, but it can still point to tooth decay, and if left untreated, can turn into a cavity.
Cavities no longer mean a mouth full of silver amalgams, as dentists can use a variety of materials, including gold and natural composite, depending on where the cavity is located. If you would like more information about treating cavities, call New England Dental Health Services PC in Orange at 203-799-3311.