In 2016, over 3.5 billion people in the world suffered from some type of oral disease and cavities in permanent teeth were the most common one.
This might make dental caries seem like a trivial issue, that can’t affect your health and well being that much. If this is how you see this oral disease, keep reading this article.
By the end, you should be convinced of how important it is to be aware of the following signs of a cavity and how problematic it can be to leave one untreated.
1. You Have a Constant Toothache
This sign alone is not enough to conclude that you have a cavity. It can be a red flag for any other dental issue, but as dental caries are one of the most common ones, you should still see it as a possibility.
One hint that it might be a cavity is if the pain comes suddenly and if it is the only thing that’s clearly changed about your health.
2. It Hurts When You Eat or Drink
Particularly when it’s something very cold or hot, acidic or sweet.
This means that the cavity has started to affect your tooth’s nerves.
It can also happen that you feel a very sharp and sudden pain when you bite with the injured tooth. This might be a sign that the tooth’s pulp – also known as the root, which is the tooth’s center, where the nerves and blood vessels are located – has died.
3. The Tooth has Changed Colors
Get a mirror and check the tooth that hurts. Do you notice any clear discoloration when compared to your other teeth? Or any dark spots?
Just like the constant pain, this alone doesn’t necessarily mean tooth decay. For all we know, it might be because you have a slight coffee addiction.
In any case, any tooth stain should be seen by a doctor.
4. There’s a Hole in Your Tooth
As time goes by, the cavity starts to erode your tooth and you can start to see a pit developing on your tooth by simply opening your mouth and looking in the mirror.
If you do see this, then you can take it as a sure sign that you do have a cavity.
What To Do When You Have a Cavity
The first thing is getting your phone and scheduling a dentist appointment.
You may not even have a cavity but, if you feel the symptoms we just listed, chances are that something’s not right with your tooth and it needs medical attention.
During the days before your appointment, be extra careful with the tooth by following these tips:
- Gargle warm salt water;
- Ask your doctor if you can take a pain reliever and if so, take it as instructed;
- Stay away from foods that cause extra pain;
- Look for a toothpaste for injured and sensitive teeth.
Why You Should Lookout for Signs of a Cavity
Dental caries are a common dental issue that most of us have experienced before. For this reason, you might end up overlooking the importance of keeping an eye on red flags and act on them as soon as you notice them.
But leaving a cavity untreated can lead to more serious problems that you don’t want to have to deal with.
The pain can get even more severe, you can end up losing your tooth and, in rare and extreme occasions, the tooth can infect to the point of being life-risking.
So beware of any signs of a cavity that you might feel and go to the dentist as soon as you can. If you want to do it with us, simply get in touch here!