Here is how to check if you think you have a cavity

Article written byElite Dental Group

Due to COVID restrictions, more people are delaying dental check-ups as they are hesitant to put themselves at risk. If you are feeling discomfort in your mouth and suspect a cavity, it is best to seek medical advice even if the consultation is over the phone or online.

In the meantime, here are some ways to check if you have a cavity:

Look for holes in your teeth – Holes on the surface of teeth are a sign that you have a cavity. Use a small handheld mirror to examine the most common areas especially at the back of the mouth where cavities usually form.

Note any discoloration – Tooth discoloration can take many forms. Generally, a cavity starts with the tooth’s enamel breaking down, which begins with the tooth looking whiter than the rest. Yellow or brown spots are also an indication that a tooth is breaking down.

Toothache or sensitivity – When bacteria reach the inner part of a tooth it can cause sensitivity, especially when hot or cold foods are consumed.

Check for bad breath – Bad breath is a common side effect of tooth decay as an infected tooth increases bacteria levels in the mouth.

While waiting for dental advice, concentrate on maintaining good oral hygiene by brushing with a good quality fluoride toothpaste twice daily for at least 2 minutes. Flossing before bed can additionally help to clean between teeth and reduce the chances of further decay.

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