What Are the Signs of a Cavity?

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You may not know that you have a cavity until you start to feel the pain of a toothache, or feel a hole developing in your tooth. But the truth is that cavities start to develop long before they become noticeable.

Our dentist, Dr. Bart Deering can detect a cavity before damage starts to form. In fact, if a cavity is discovered soon enough, it can be even be reversed. This is why it is so important to see the dentist for your regular cleanings and exams.

As mentioned earlier, there may be no signs that a cavity is developing at first. As time goes on, you may develop a grey or black spot on your tooth or you may notice a change in the texture of your tooth. If left untreated, the damage can reach the interior of your tooth and cause an infection. In the early stages of tooth decay, you may experience some sensitivity as you bite, chew, or eat or drink something hot, cold or sweet.

The dentist can fix a cavity with a filling, a dental bond, an inlay or onlay, or a crown, if necessary. But the best way to deal with a cavity is to prevent one from forming in the first place. You can do that by watching eating a balanced diet and limiting the intake of sugary and acidic foods and drinks. Drinking plenty of water will hydrate your mouth, and wash away food particles that are left on your teeth after meals. You should also brush your teeth twice a day,
floss once a day, and see your dentist for your routine appointments.

If you have a cavity that needs to be treated, or if it is just time for your dental visit in Rowlett, Texas, call 972-271-4545 to schedule an appointment at Bart Deering DDS.