Most people don’t realize that they have a cavity until they are laying back in that all too familiar dental chair with their dentist hovering over them. A pleasant experience. But how can you know you have a cavity before then and what exactly should you look for?
Here are 2 clear things to be aware of when it comes to cavities. Because the sooner they’re caught the better.
Look: Visible holes in your teeth or brown, black or white staining.
I think we are all guilty of trying to multitask while brushing our teeth. Instead, focus on what you are doing and take the time to look at your teeth during and after. Besides the fact that you will brush better and more thoroughly because your full attention is on your mouth; you will also be more aware. Look around and occasionally check to see if there are any holes or discoloration in your teeth.
2. How Things
Feel: Tooth sensitivity, pain when you’re eating or drinking something hot or cold or spontaneous pain.
This one will be noticed a lot quicker because we are more attuned to noticing pain than noticing slight aesthetic differences. With that being said, if you start to notice that a tooth is feeling sensitive or hurts don’t discount it and merely brush it off. It might be nothing, but it could also be a cavity that is potentially digging deeper into your tooth towards the nerve. It’s definitely better to be safe than sorry in this instance and you should schedule an appointment with your dentist.
In the beginning, you might not have any symptoms, so it is important to go to the dentist regularly and maintain a regular routine. But if you do have questions, it’s always a good idea to reach out to your dentist.