Have you recently had a trip to the dentist that resulted in discovering a cavity but your teeth don't hurt? Many people think that dental problems are always going to cause you to feel pain, and that you don't have a problem unless you feel it. It's not that simple though, since cavities can sneak up on you and not cause pain until they are much bigger problems. Here is what you need to know about the signs that you potentially have a cavity.
Have you noticed that a tooth feels a bit more sensitive to hot and cold temperatures or that you eat sweets and that tooth feels different? This could be from a cavity that is in the tooth and being exposed to foods and beverages that cause sensitivity. While there are other problems that can cause sensitivity, it is something that is worth going to the dentist to investigate.
Is there a rough edge on one of your teeth that you can feel with your tongue? You may be running your tongue over the part of the tooth that has a cavity. You are likely very familiar with how smooth your teeth feel, and will quickly notice when there is a problem with one part of a tooth now having a rough edge.
Does a certain edge of your tooth end up shredding the dental floss? The floss could be catching on the rough edge of a cavity, and you can't even see it to confirm that it is there. This cavity likely formed by neglecting to floss regularly, and now you need to have a dentist investigate the problem to confirm what it is.
Sometimes people can sense that they have a cavity because they have a bad taste in their mouth. Since a cavity is a bacteria infection, it makes sense that you'll have a bad taste in your mouth if there is a cavity forming that you cannot see.
If you have any of these signs, your dentist will need to take x-rays to confirm that there is a cavity in the tooth that needs to be filled. Sometimes cavities are really hard to see, even for a dentist. You may be able to spot one on the smooth surface of your tooth, but those cavities in the grooves of your molars will blend in with the existing grooves.
If you suspect you have a cavity, look for a restorative dentistry clinic in your area.
I grew up in a home with parents who did not insist on good dental hygiene. By the time I was old enough to know better, some damage had already been done. I had many cavities, crooked teeth, and some discoloration on my teeth. I knew it would not be easy to take my smile from where it was to where it is today, but I was determined to finally have nice teeth. I visited a dentist who was very nice and never judged me. We made a dental plan together. Spreading the procedures out over time made it much easier to afford them. I now have almost perfect teeth after all that hard work! I created this blog to help others who have dental problems that stem from bad childhood habits know there is hope! It is never too late to start seeing the dentist!