Tripboba.com - There are several signals that a cavity is starting to form. Several red flags indicate that an existing cavity is becoming larger. The following are some of the most common indications of how to tell if you have a cavity.
1. Hot and cold sensitivity
Lingering sensitivity after consuming hot or cold food may be a symptom of a cavity. When the enamel on your tooth begins to peel away, the dentin, which is the hard tissue layer under the enamel, will be affected. Dentin is made up of thousands of microscopic hollow tubes.
2. Lingering sensitivity to sweets
While heat and cold sensitivity is the most common symptom of tooth decay, Dr. Inna Chern, DDS, founder of New York General Dentistry, says a residual sensitivity to candy and sugary drinks may also be a sign of tooth decay.
A persistent ache in one or more of your teeth may be a sign that you have a cavity. In fact, one of the most common signs of a cavity is pain. This ache may occur unexpectedly or as a result of something you eat. This involves discomfort and pain in or around your mouth. When you bite down on food, you can also experience pain and pressure.
4. Staining on the tooth
White spots on your teeth can be the first sign of a stain. The stain will darken as the tooth decay progresses. Cavity staining may be brown, black, or white, usually on the tooth's surface.
5. A hole or pit in your tooth
Suppose the white spot on your tooth (which indicates the beginning of a cavity) gets worse. In that case, it can turn into a void or pit that you can see in the mirror or feel as you run your tongue along the surface of your teeth.