Are you dealing with a cavity?
Tooth decay is something that is going to happen to most of us at some point during our lifetime. Bad oral care is often to blame, but diets high in sugar and even genetics can play a major role. Everyone (even those with stellar at-home oral care) needs to visit our Miami, FL, dentists Dr. Richard Romay and Dr. Martha Barrera every six months for routine cleanings and checkups. Of course, you should also be checking your teeth regularly to look for any warning signs of decay. These signs include,
This is the classic symptom of tooth decay. While minor decay won’t typically cause pain, if the decay continues to spread deeper into the tooth then you may start to notice some pain. Dental pain, no matter how minor, requires immediate attention so it’s important to call our Miami, FL, general dentists right away.
Sensitivity to hot or cold
If you suddenly notice a lingering sensitivity to hot or cold foods or drinks, this could be another sign of a cavity. Decay results when the enamel wears away. When there is enough enamel wear that it can no longer fully protect the dentin layer of the tooth (the layer underneath the enamel), then certain hot or cold foods and drinks can trigger the nerve inside the tooth and cause an uncomfortable electric sensation that doesn’t let up.
Sensitive to sweets
Along with noticing a sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures, you may also notice that a tooth is particularly sensitive to sugar these days. This occurs rather regularly in those with cavities. If you find yourself dealing with sensitivity after eating candy or drinking soda, it’s time to schedule an immediate appointment with us.
A pit in the tooth
If you can clearly see the problem tooth, then you may notice a white spot developing (early signs of a cavity) or even a small hole or pit in the enamel. You may be able to see it or feel it with your tongue. If you can feel or see a hole in your tooth, then it’s time to come in for an evaluation. The sooner we can catch and treat decay the better.
If you are dealing with a toothache or other symptoms of decay, you must see our Miami, FL, family dentists right away for care. Call Design a Smile at (305) 667-8887 or (305) 408-3388.