The Early Signs of Cavities

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Did you know that it’s completely possible to spot a cavity between dental checkups. Oftentimes, we think that the only setting in which our cavities can be spotted and fixed is during our regular visits with the dentist. But if you know what to look for, you can easily identify early cavities and prevent them from becoming a big problem.

The trick, of course, is paying enough attention to your teeth and oral health to ensure that you’re not developing cavities. To help you accomplish that goal, we’ve compiled a few tips to help you spot the early signs of cavities.

Spontaneous pain
A common indicator that a cavity is starting to form is spontaneous pain. This can appear as bouts of severe pain or a lingering toothache, both of which seem to have come out of nowhere. Some people may experience this pain in a single tooth while others may have it in multiple teeth. Experiencing sharp pain is a good sign that you might have a cavity.

Sensitive teeth
If your teeth start to feel more sensitive than usually, particularly when you eat or drink something hot or cold, you may have a cavity. However, if you have naturally sensitive teeth, it can be more difficult to separate the instances where your sensitivity is normal and when it is a cavity. If you have any concerns, feel free to visit our dentist and team at North Shore Family Dentistry for a checkup.

Stained teeth
If you notice any new stains in your smile, whether they be brown, black or white, you may have a cavity in that tooth. Cavity stains don’t go away on their own. You will need to visit with Dr. Carrie Guernsey to see just how big your cavity is and receive any treatment you may need.

When you understand the early warning signs of cavities, you can catch them faster and get the treatment you need sooner. For more information, or to schedule an appointment with our dentist in Stoneham, Massachusetts, call us today at 781-662-1999.