Cavity Signs

We’ve all been there - entering our symptoms into Dr. Google to check if we actually have a cavity or just a popcorn kernel stuck under our gums. Have no fear! Dr. Smith and Spokane Dental are here to help you figure out whether that ache is last night’s popcorn or a potential cavity that needs to get checked out. By learning to recognize the early warning signs of dental decay, the prognosis for that tooth ache can be a lot more positive!

1. Discoloration

One of the first clues that tooth decay might be staging an invasion is the appearance of dark spots on your teeth. These spots, often brown or black, can be indicative of a cavity. Food and drinks such as coffee, tea, or berries can be a culprit for an innocent dark stain on your teeth- but here’s how to tell the difference between food stain or what may be a cavity. If the dark stain is more uniform throughout the mouth and appears mostly along the gumline, you may be experiencing staining unrelated to a cavity. In this case, time to schedule a cleaning to get those pearly whites shining again! If you notice discoloration in a specific spot that is isolated, sore, or sensitive, it may be decay and it's time to schedule a dental exam to rule out a cavity.

2. Sensitivity

Tooth sensitivity is another sneaky symptom of decay. If you find yourself wincing at the mere thought of hot or cold foods, your teeth might be trying to tell you something. Sensitivity can occur when the protective enamel on your teeth wears down, leaving the more sensitive underlying dentin exposed. As with discoloration- sensitivity does not automatically mean you have a cavity, as there can be other more innocent factors. It is always best to consult with our team on how to help your tooth sensitivity.

3. Bad Breath

If you notice prolonged bad breath that sticks around every day no matter what, it could be a sign of tooth decay. Cavities are caused by odor-releasing bacteria, so persistent halitosis could be a sign of decay. Keep your breath fresh and your smile inviting by addressing the issue head-on in our office.

4. Toothache

A Toothache is a unique kind of pain that affects every part of your day– it demands your attention and refuses to be ignored. If you're experiencing unexplained tooth pain, it could be a signal that decay has made its way past your enamel and reached the sensitive core of your tooth. Ignoring this pain could lead to more significant complications, so don't delay in seeking dental assistance.

5. A Rough or Sharp Spot

Have you noticed a change in the texture of your teeth? If your once-smooth enamel feels rough, uneven, or sharp, it's time to investigate. Tooth decay can alter the surface of your teeth, creating a breeding ground for bacteria and plaque. A quick dental checkup can help smooth out the rough patches and restore your teeth to a smooth texture again.

6. Cracks or Fissures

Tooth decay can weaken the structure of your teeth, making them more susceptible to cracks and fractures. If you spot any unusual lines or breaks in your teeth, don't ignore them – they could be a distress signal from your enamel. A crack or fissure line is something we should check out right away- if a vertical fracture gets too large in a tooth it can compromise the integrity of the entire tooth.

In conclusion, being vigilant about the common signs of tooth decay and proactive about dental checkups is your best defense against dental dilemmas. Spokane Dental is here to ensure your smile remains healthy and happy.

If you've noticed any of these subtle signs or simply want to stay one step ahead of tooth decay, schedule an appointment with Spokane Dental today. Give us a call at (509)822-5614!