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How to Know if You Have a Cavity

25 Jul 2019

 

According to the National Institutes of Health, the most prevalent health condition after the
common cold is tooth decay.
It’s more than likely that if you haven’t already had a cavity, you will develop at least one in your
lifetime.
So, how do you know if you have a cavity? Well, depending on the severity of your tooth decay,
you may experience a variety of symptoms. Here are some of the accompanying symptoms that
go along with tooth decay.

• Nothing (in the early stages)
• A toothache or spontaneous tooth pain
• Tooth sensitivity
• Pain (slight or severe) when eating something sweet, hot, or cold
• Staining (brown, black, or white) on the surface of your tooth
• Visible holes in your tooth. Those holes are cavities
• Pain when biting down
The best time to catch a cavity is in the early stages, when there are few, if any, symptoms.

Keeping your twice yearly (or more) visits with us will ensure we catch them in time. [HERE’S A
GOOD PLACE TO INFORM PATIENTS OF THE VARIETY OF WAYS THEY CAN SCHEDULE AN
APPOINTMENT – EMAIL, CALL, ETC.]

We will let you know the best course of treatment for your particular situation. The recommen-
dation could be as easy as watching and waiting to see if we find any tooth decay in the very
early stages.

Or, if you are symptomatic, we may have to formulate a more in-depth treatment plan. [THIS IS
A GOOD PLACE TO SPELL OUT YOUR CAVITY TREATMENT AND PREVENTION PLANS, INCLUD-
ING ANY SPECIALS YOU MAY HAVE]

As always, brush twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste, floss at least once a day, and try to
minimize the amount of sugar in your diet.

These steps will help you be proactive in preventing cavities.

Even better, your teeth will thank you for it!