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Signs That Mean You Have Tooth Decay

April 13, 2015
Posted By: Dr. Russell D. Mann
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At your dental check-up every 6 months, you never want to hear your dentist tell you that you have a cavity. While getting a cavity filled is a lot easier, quicker, and less painful than it used to be, they still should be avoided. If you do get one, it’s best to get it taken care of as soon as possible. Here are some things that can help you determine if you have a cavity before your dental check-up.


If you are having persistent tooth pain, it could be decay. Make sure you listen to your body and don’t ignore the pain. At first it may only hurt when you chew, and then as it progresses will persist even when you’re not chewing. If it feels like your heart is beating in your mouth, this is a sign of a cavity that has progressed past the enamel and into the dentin.


Pay attention to how your teeth feel when you drink hot or cold beverages. If you feel a tooth that is suddenly sensitive, it could have a cavity. We tend to describe this sensitive feeling as a “zing” or a “zip” that radiates into your jaw. It can occur with food, beverages, and even cold air.


You can see it. If you see a dark hole in your teeth this is a pretty sure sign of decay. Your enamel in that spot has eroded and it needs to be seen by a dentist.

Bad Breath

Tooth decay is caused by bacteria. These same bacteria can give you foul smelling breath. It’s difficult to tell when you have bad breath on your own, but if you have friends or loved ones who are comfortable telling you, it’s a good idea to listen. If your bad breath persists no matter what you’ve eaten or how often you’ve brushed your teeth, if could be from tooth decay.

Tooth pain should never be ignored. And if you haven’t been to the dentist in more than 6 months you should be making an appointment for a cleaning. Your dentist is going to be the only one who can correctly diagnose the problem and take the proper action.

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