If you have ever been to our office and were surprised to find out that you had a cavity, you may not have known how it got there. Of course, everyone can spot a cavity that is on the outside of a tooth in a highly visible area. But what about those cavities that are not quite so obvious?
There are a number of things you can watch for if you are concerned that you may have a cavity.
Unexplained Sensitivity or Pain
If your tooth is suddenly sensitive to extreme heat or cold, it may be a sign that you have a cavity and some of the hot or cold beverages you drink are actually getting inside of it. Even if foods and beverages are not getting inside the cavity, the pain can still be an indication of a cavity.
Of course, many people have teeth that are simply sensitive to temperature. So, this by itself does not mean that your tooth is hollow on the inside. However, if the condition develops suddenly, it may be a warning flag. Have us take a close look at the tooth in question.
This discomfort may not be limited to extremely hot or cold foods and drinks. If your tooth hurts after you have eaten foods that are unusually sweet or sour, this could also indicate a cavity. Remember to ask us about it the next time you visit.
Unpleasant Breath or Taste in Your Mouth
If you have a cavity, that means there is literally something decaying in your mouth. As such, if you develop persistent and unexplained bad breath, it could be a sign that something is wrong. Likewise, if you start to notice an unpleasant taste, you should ask us to examine your teeth for decay.
By being vigilant, you can catch signs of tooth decay even when it may not be visible to the naked eye.