Tooth decay is the most common dental health issue. While decay will most often be seen at your regular dental check-up, it can be helpful to know what to look for so that you can decide whether you need to see your dentist sooner. Here are some of the most common signs of tooth decay.
This is the most common symptom, and in comes in a number of forms. Maybe your teeth have started hurting out of nowhere and with no apparent cause. Maybe they hurt when you bite down. Or maybe they hurt when you eat or drink things that are hot or cold. Any of these can indicate damage due to tooth decay. You might be tempted to see if the pain goes away on its own, but chances are it will only get worse. Even if the pain does subside after a couple days, this doesn't mean the problem has gone away. It's possible that the decay has gone so far as to destroy the nerves that were waving the red flag by causing you pain.
Stains on Teeth
White, gray, brown or black spots on your teeth are signs of growth of the bacteria that causes tooth decay. While looking for stains, also keep your eyes open for any pits or holes in your enamel, the outer layer of your teeth. These might be cavities that need to be evaluated and filled by your dentist.
The bacteria that causes tooth decay can produce unpleasant odors. If your loved ones are telling you your breath smells bad, or you've noticed a bad taste in your mouth that won't go away, you might want to go to the dentist and have them look for tooth decay.
Gum swelling is almost always caused by an infection and can be a sign of advanced tooth decay or an abscess, so you'll want to have it evaluated as soon as possible.
Remember, if you see signs of tooth decay, don't wait to get treatment! Time is of the essence, and the sooner you see your dentist near Albany, IN, the more likely they will be able to fix your tooth and keep the decay from spreading.
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