While you’ll need to visit a dentist to know for sure whether or not you have a cavity, there are some signs to watch out for. In today’s post, we talk about red flags that may indicate you have tooth decay.
What Is a Cavity?
A cavity is an area of permanent damage to the surface of the tooth. If left untreated, cavities will grow larger, eventually destroying the tissues supporting your tooth, such as your nerve, gums, and bone. Cavities are caused by bacteria in the mouth, usually from an unhealthy diet of sugary and starchy foods and/or poor oral care.
Signs You May Have a Cavity
There are a number of signs that you may have a cavity in your mouth. These include pain, sensitivity, visible holes in the teeth, and tooth discoloration (specifically black, brown, or white stains). The pain will often occur when you bite down or are eating something sweet, hot, or cold.
How to Prevent Cavities
Cavities are one of the most common health issues. They’re also quite preventable with daily oral hygiene, routine visits to the dentist, and a balanced diet. Brush your teeth at least twice per day for two minutes each time; floss at least once daily; visit the dentist every six months for a routine cleaning and exam; limit sugary and starchy foods and instead consume a healthy diet of whole foods, fruits, veggies, and lean protein.
Restorative Dental Care in Arlington, VA
If you have tooth decay, you can count on Ballston Dental Care to treat the issue with gentle restorative care and leave your tooth looking and feeling as good as new! If you’ve noticed any changes in your oral health or warning signs of decay, or something just feels off in your mouth, contact us today. We would be happy to help you have strong teeth and healthy gums!