Your mouth is regularly filled with bacteria which can damage your tooth enamel. There are many tips to reduce the level of bacteria inside the mouth, but if you let it flourish, this can cause plaque build-up which is a sticky substance that bacteria feed off. This is the process of a cavity.
Reducing the level of bacteria requires a strong oral routine so that your teeth do not begin to decay. If you, in particular, eat foods that increase the risk of a cavity such as ice cream, candy, sodas and other sugary treats, you’re increasing the risk even further. You would, therefore, require a dental check-up. Children are more likely to experience a cavity due to their need for sweeteners. Although, it can also be the case for adults.
It is important that you’re aware of the possible signs of a cavity so that you can take the necessary precautions and steps to keep your teeth as strong as possible.
Let’s take a look at what those signs are.
A toothache can stem from many different causes, but commonly, an ongoing toothache can also indicate a cavity. These aches can come about suddenly or as a result of certain foods. The pain and discomfort are expected to throb regularly.
Hot And Cold Sensitivity
When you consume hot and cold foods and you continue to experience sensitivity, this is a sure sign you have a cavity. The sensitivity is created when the nerve is stimulated because there isn’t enough enamel to protect the tooth. Keeping your enamel strong is essential in maintaining strong, healthy and white teeth.
Poor Oral Hygiene
Oral hygiene includes more than just brushing and flossing teeth. It also involves brushing your tongue which is a landing point for bacteria, rinsing your mouth from food debris after consuming a meal, and staying away from food and drink that contain sugar, and consider food and drink that contain healthier sugar alternatives. You’re at severe risk of cavity and tooth decay if you do not perform proper oral hygiene.
Teeth grinding is common during sleep. The difficulty is that you don’t realize that you do it. Although, if you wake up and see wear-and-tear on your teeth, it is a sure sign of teeth grinding. Teeth grinding can lead to tooth decay as it strips away the outer layer of the tooth enamel. This then exposes your teeth to a cavity.
Spots that are chalky white is a first sign that a cavity is forming. If the white spot gets worse, a hole in the tooth will form that you’ll be able to see in the mirror when you open your mouth. This will expose some serious sensitivity and will require a dental filling at the dentist.
If you have concerns about a possible cavity, and you’re experiencing one of these causes, it is time to make an appointment at the dentist. A toothache may go away with short-term pain relief medication. Although, this masks the real problem. Make sure it doesn’t grow into a bigger problem.
Are you in need of a dental check-up? Contact us at Integrated Smiles today and let us look after your teeth and smile.