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How do you know if you have a cavity?

Discovering early signs of tooth decay is crucial to maintaining a healthy smile. Unsure if you have a cavity? Our expert team provides insights on identifying decayed teeth and rotten teeth, ensuring you take timely action to preserve your oral health. Explore our helpful blog guide now!

Tooth decay can be a sign of underlying problems so it is potentially something you should not ignore, especially if you are overdue a consultation or appointment with the dentist.

Typical symptoms of a cavity or the start of tooth decay 

One of the most identifiable signs of a need to visit your dentist is of course tooth decay.  While a toothache is a fairly obvious reason to visit a dentist, it is the start of that decay where no physical symptoms are present that means you need to do something.

An actual toothache can be attributed to a cavity which means that damage has already been done.  However, it’s important to note that this can be resolved with good dentistry and aftercare.

Cavities are the molars or incisors in your mouth that will lead to decay and if nothing is done, loss of teeth.  This decay can occur on the crown of your teeth or between the gaps in your teeth.  It’s cause is relatively simple as well. 

Typical causes of tooth decay 

Lack of dental care and hygiene or perhaps less effort spent on cleaning teeth is usually the cause.

It is a very common issue that many people in their mid to late twenties and upwards suffer from.  You can of course assist your teeth and their health by undertaking a thorough and regular cleaning and oral hygiene routine.  This means not simply brushing for five seconds in the morning, but taking care to clean your teeth well and of course, ensure that the gaps between your teeth are free of food!

The range of cavities is fairly extensive and for some, a root cavity will be one of the most troublesome.  This is down to receding gums, which end up leaving parts of your teeth exposed and therefore much more vulnerable.  The exposed roots do not have enamel on them and if you simply leave them will inevitably lead to decay.

Fillings and crowns already present in your mouth can lead to recurrent decay as these areas can accumulate plaque, which will of course only lead to decay if untreated.

Coronal cavities are extremely common and they generally occur in both children and adults.  These areas are located between the teeth or on the chewing surfaces.  Therefore if food gets trapped then cavities will of course accelerate decay if untreated.

What happens if cavities are left untreated? 

Your teeth are extremely important and any cavities left without treatment or attention from a good dentist can eventually lead to missing teeth, decay, and of course eventually damage to things like nerve endings.

So rather than look at the potential of having teeth removed when it’s too late, it’s always better to see your dentist.

However, it’s important to say that a good aesthetic dentist will be able to help you if you have been less than kind to your teeth over the years.

Dentists near you in Windsor 

If you are worried about the state of your teeth then Contact us for more information or to arrange a consultation or if you would just like to know more about cosmetic dentistry, treatments, and general dentistry in the UK.

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