Did you know that tooth decay is one of the most common childhood diseases? Adults aren’t in the clear, either. While cavities are bacterial infections that can easily spread into adjacent teeth and nerve tissues, they don’t always cause obvious pain. Knowing what to look for and how to prevent a cavity from forming is a key to success.
Besides toothaches, what cavity symptoms should you keep your eye out for? Here are just a few:
- Sensitivity to sweet foods or drinks
- Occasional twinges or something feeling “off”
- Food getting caught in one space every time you eat
- Floss shredding or getting stuck in one area
- A rough or sharp edge you can feel with your tongue
How to Diagnose a Cavity
The only way to fully determine if you have a cavity—and its extent—is to have a small X-ray taken of your tooth. That way we’ll be able to see through the tooth structures and get an idea of how far the decay has spread. Intermittent “bitewing” X-rays at your checkups help us to intercept cavities when they’re smaller and simpler to correct.
Other Causes of Tooth Sensitivity
Sometimes you can have tooth pain without cavities. Perhaps you’re using a whitening toothpaste or have a small amount of gum recession from gum disease. Both of these factors are known for causing occasional discomfort.
Preventative and Minimally-Invasive Care
In most cases, cavities are preventable. Ideally, we want to intercept them in their earliest stages when treatments are smaller and minimally-invasive. If you suspect that you have a cavity or haven’t seen a dentist in a while, it’s time to reserve your next exam. Contact Aesthetic & Implant Dentistry of Atlanta today to make your appointment.