Signs of Cavities

 In Bad Breath, General Dentistry, Oral Health

Signs of Cavities- Dr. Ben KacosSigns of Cavities 

In most cases, people are unaware of the signs that they might have a cavity. The main reason for this is because most of these indicators overlap with other health maladies. Cavities are one of the nation’s most pressing problems. The rise in cavity prevalence can be attributed to added sugars in many foods and beverages. Initially, you will not feel pain but the symptoms will come forward sooner or later. When symptoms appear, you would typically want to visit a general dentist in Shreveport, LA

Tooth Stains

If you notice that your teeth are slightly brown, black or have any other dark stains on them, there is a chance you might have a cavity. These stains can be caused by the consumption of dark-hued foods like candy, brownies, cookies, etc. However, there is a way to differentiate between the stains caused by these types of foods or the stains caused by a cavity. If these stains are not removed by brushing or flossing, then they are cavity stains. In extreme cases, holes can also determine if you have a cavity or not.

Bad Breath

Food particles usually lodge between cavities and cause bad breath. If you notice that you have bad breath and it does not go away after you brush your teeth, it can be because of a cavity.

Foul Taste

The decay caused due to the cavity can leave a really bad taste in your mouth. 

Chalky Spotting

If your teeth are healthy, then they will most likely have a layer of enamel that is clear. Whereas, if you spot chalky spots on your teeth then it’s a clear sign that your enamel is lacking calcium which is because of cavity formation in your mouth. Your dentist may show you this spotting on an intraoral camera

Bleeding during Brushing

While brushing, if you find even a little stain of blood on your teeth it means that you might have a cavity. Cavities cause bleeding during brushing as the damaged nerve will cause gum irritation which will then lead to bleeding.

Highly-Sensitive Tooth

Our friend Dr. O’Grady, a Denver Highlands dentist, says that severe or even mild tooth sensitivity is an indication that you might have a cavity in your teeth. Tooth sensitivity occurs due to the consumption of hot or cold foods and beverages. Sweet beverages or foods can also cause this sensitivity that is why sensitivity should not be taken lightly. Minimal sensitivity is said to be the result of cavity compromising the nerve within the tooth. As the cavity is so close to the nerve, even slight changes in temperature caused by these types of consumables can be noticeable.

Gum Issues

If you notice a part of your gum has swollen up, you should take into consideration the fact that you may have a cavity. The swelling of the gum will not be painful but will be visible to you. You can also expect bleeding from the gums, as mentioned above. If you notice this, contact the best dentist in Shreveport, LA, Dr. Ben Kacos.   

Visit Your Dentist in Shreveport, LA

Cavities that are left untreated can lead to much more serious problems. If you are experiencing any of the signs above, contact us to schedule an appointment. We can get you in for a professional dental cleaning and full-mouth evaluation.

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