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Signs You Might Have a Cavity

September 24, 2021
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Posted By: Alderley Dental
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Your dentist near Brisbane recommends visiting your dentist promptly if you suspect a cavity. However, decay is not always easy to spot with the eye.

Cavities typically start small and can develop anywhere on the tooth—behind teeth, between teeth, and at the gum line—making them hard to see.

Cavity Symptoms

Unless a cavity is large, you likely won’t spot it. But a larger cavity may mean a brown spot on the tooth, tooth sensitivity, or tooth pain. The decayed tooth may also be sensitive to hot and colds foods and drinks.

These symptoms are similar to an oral infection, so it’s crucial that your dentist sees you for a proper diagnosis and treatment.  

Lowering Your Risks for Cavities

The best way to lower your risks for cavities and other oral health conditions is to visit your dentist regularly for examinations and teeth cleans. Through exams, your dentist can point out places you may be missing with the toothbrush and floss. Your dentist can also spot emerging cavities before they put your tooth at risk.

Teeth cleans rid your teeth of plaque, tartar, and bacteria—the stubborn bits that your toothbrush leaves behind or can’t get rid of. These are the ingredients that lead to cavities.

You also play a role in your oral health. Your part is to brush and floss regularly and report all changes to your dentist—for example, tooth sensitivity that does not get better.

You might also consider dietary changes like cutting back on sugar and acidic foods and drinks.

Tooth-Coloured Fillings in Alderley

If you do have a dental cavity, the process for repair is simple. First, your dentist numbs the tooth and cleans away the decay. We then provide a tooth-coloured filling so as not to detract from your smile. Our fillings are shaded to match your teeth.

Is It Time for Your Dental Check-Up?

If it’s time for your check-up and teeth clean, we invite you to give our dental office a call to book an appointment.