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Key Symptoms of a Cavity

Cavities, also called dental caries, are the second most common illness among adults and children in the United States. Studies estimate that about a third of all adults 20-44 years old currently have an untreated cavity. This is why we’ve decided to share with you a few of the key symptoms that accompany dental caries so that you can better identify them and ultimately get them resolved quickly.

Discomfort and Pain

Pain and increased sensitivity are common signs that a cavity is present. Not to mention, varying levels of discomfort can occur due to several different factors:

  • Pain While Chewing – When you experience pain while biting into foods and chewing, consult your dentist to see if you have a cavity.
  • Sensitivity to Temperature – Teeth that have cavities will be sensitive to products that are hot and/or cold.
  • Toothache Pain – Regardless of the severity of pain, continuous toothaches can signify the existence of a cavity.
  • Sensitivity to Sugar – Pain or discomfort while eating or drinking sugary items are indicators that you might have a cavity.

Visible Changes

  • Holes or Pits – The term for cavities literally comes from the fact that there is a small hole, or cavity, in the tooth.
  • Changes in Color – Cavities can create discolored stains on teeth. These can be black, white, or brown.
  • Puffy, Red Gums – The appearance of swollen gums around a tooth can be a sign of infection from an untreated cavity.

Pay close attention to what your teeth are telling you and don’t hesitate to make an appointment with your dentist if you think a cavity is present. The sooner it gets taken care of, the better! Contact us today to schedule your next appointment. We look forward to meeting with you and improving your oral health!

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