How to Detect Cavities
Cavities are decayed areas of the teeth, and are one of the most common oral health concerns faced by dental patients around the world. Cavities occur when the enamel structure is damaged, due to the continued presence of plaque and bacteria on the teeth.
Left untreated, plaques begin eating into the enamel of your teeth until it forms cavities – which cause infections, toothaches and tooth loss. Detecting cavities on time improves your oral health as well as your overall health, helping you maintain your perfect smile and optimal dental health. Consider some of these ways you can detect the presence of cavities early on.
Holes in the Tooth
Perhaps the most obvious sign of cavity in your teeth is a visible hole on the top (or middle areas) of your tooth. You can feel for holes with your tongue or by looking into a mirror. Go see a dentist immediately you find any.
A filmy white patch on your teeth, that appears much whiter than your teeth, is a sign of plaque – which could eventually turn into a cavity. A damaged enamel will begin producing much darker discolorations such as dark yellow, brown, gray, or even black spots on your tooth.
As the tooth continues to decay, bacteria will rapidly increase in number, eventually resulting in bad breath. This will occur regardless of how often you brush, and it is a strong indication of the need for dental check-ups. Bad breath is mostly accompanied by foul mouth taste, even when you have just brushed.
A cavity or cavities left untreated for long periods eventually lead to frequent toothaches. This discomforting pain – a result of bacteria acids getting to the root and nerve endings – should be directed immediately to your dentist.
Cavities make your teeth more sensitive than they ordinarily should be. Drinking something hot or cold will easily elicit a painful feeling in the affected tooth, but this pain fades as soon as the drink passes. Sweet foods will likely draw the same feeling too. At its most critical when biting and chewing becomes difficult due to sensitivity. While you can always try sensitive toothpaste, you need to see your dentist if the symptom persists.
Pus is a serious indication of not just cavity, but also of infection. It can result in pain, fever and swollen glands. Do not try pricking or touching the pus when noticed. Inform a professional dentist for immediate help.
Early detection and treatment of pus can prevent a lot of problems going forward. Beyond the promise of a healthy smile, it promotes healthy living in general. Be sure to our dentists and Westgate Dental Clinic immediately if you notice any of the signs that you have a cavity. Our dentists can show you how to prevent cavities as well as treat any existing cavities. If you have a cavity or cavity our dentists will recommend dental fillings to treat the cavity and prevent it from growing.