No one wants to find out that they have a cavity. It does not matter how young or old you are. Learning you have a cavity is a blow not only to your oral health, but also to your ego. You think that you did something wrong. It means you made a mistake in your oral hygiene routine.
Instead of focusing on the reasons for the cavity, it is better to do something about it and the earlier you spot a cavity, the easier it is to fix. If you want to spot a cavity before it becomes a bigger problem, you need to learn the early signs of a cavity.
Watch for these Signs The signs of a cavity are the same whether it is in the early stages or if the cavity has become much bigger. The difference is the degree that you notice any of the signs. That is what makes it difficult to spot a cavity at the earliest stages.
The key is paying attention to your teeth and gums. Before you feel the extreme pain of a cavity. Tooth sensitivity, especially to hot and cold is something to watch for. You may also see stains on the teeth. The stains can result for small pits in the teeth where the enamel is gone. If you see or feel holes in your teeth, they can come from a cavity. If the tooth sensitivity turns into a full-blown toothpick, it is time to take steps to fix the problem.
The Best Way to Spot Cavities
While paying attention for pain or some other sign can help you spot a cavity in the early stages at home, there is another method that we use to spot them. X-rays can spot the smallest of cavities before they have a chance to show any symptoms.
The problem with relying on x-rays is that they require visiting our office. If you are following a good oral health routine, you visit our office at least twice a year. During those visits, you can talk about any of the issues you have with your teeth and x-rays can help spot problems early.
For more information about this or any other oral health issue, contact our office to schedule an appointment.