The worst thing that we have experienced during our childhood years was the cavity, and we thought that we will never deal with them again, but those bacteria will keep following us till the end of our years, which is actually very annoying.
Cavities are actually the 2nd most common health problem in the United States with 3 million cases every year.
The annoying part about cavities is that they don’t cause any pain or give any sign while developing, but once it grows big and becomes hard to handle, it struck you with the worst pain ever. You can’t eat anymore, sleep, talk, or even function as a human being.
So in order to avoid all that, you have to keep an eye on your teeth and look for these 9 symptoms that you should never ignore.
#1 – Persistent toothaches and pain
A toothache or severe pain is one of the biggest signs there is developing of cavity in your mouth, especially if that tooth comes into contact with food or even your tongue. You will feel like electricity hit your whole mouth and brain.
However, don’t ignore any pain you feel in your mouth, whether in your gums, teeth, or below the teeth. Also, the pain doesn’t always have to be sharp and throbbing because sometimes it is really dull. So just pay attention to any discomfort you experience, especially while eating.
#2 – Pain when chewing
As we mentioned before, if the damaged tooth comes into contact with something like food, it will start to hurt. If the pain was very sharp after chewing, then the nerve of your tooth is mostly infected and it is already in the process of decay.
You have to schedule an appointment with your dentist as soon you can in order to get it examined. Otherwise, the tooth will just keep getting worse and the pain will get sharper every time.
#3 – Bad breath/bad taste in your mouth
Cavities are basically just infected, small holes that develop into a tooth because of sugar and acid, which are the perfect breeding environment for bacteria and food particles. These bacteria can cause a bad taste and an unpleasant odor in the mouth.
Also, the bad breath can be a sign of a gum disease, too. If you ever notice that your breath or taste feel different in your mouth, contact your dentist to evaluate the source of the bacteria.
#4 – Visible holes in the teeth
When the cavity breaks holes into your teeth, they are visible. One day, you will just open up your mouth and found a visible, black hole in one of your teeth, or maybe multiple. Even if it doesn’t hurt, you have to check with your dentist.
Otherwise, the bacteria will keep breeding, and soon enough, your nerve will be infected, too, and that is going to lead you to a world of severe and unbearable pain.
#5 – Increased sensitivity to temperature
Another way to know that you have cavities is when you feel extreme sensitivity to cold or hot liquids, and if you are one of the 80% of people who had – at least– one cavity, then you know exactly how it feels when your teeth are sensitive to temperature.
Every tooth we have has a nerve that supplies it with blood and helps it grow, but when the cavity comes closer to it, the nerve will start sensing the temperature very easily.
#6 – Discoloration and/or Dark spots on the teeth
Some cavities look like holes or abscesses on the surface of the tooth, but others mostly look like stains or black spots on the infected tooth, and sometimes, these spots are brown or white. However, these colors could be just some natural stains.
If it is sticky or soft, then it is probably a sign of a growing cavity. In any case, if there is a spot or discoloration in one of your teeth, schedule an appointment with your dentist to have them all examined.
#7 – Bleeding when brushing
There are many reasons why your gums may start bleeding when brushing, and cavities are one of them. But if you experience recurrent bleeding, then it could be a sign of deep cavity or gum disorder.
If there is a big cavity close to your gum line, then the food may get stuck in it, and that can cause many gum issues. In all cases, if your mouth starts bleeding while brushing, then it is your mouth telling you that something is wrong.
#8 – Swelling in some parts of the gums
Swelling in the gums is the biggest sign that your teeth have a cavity, even if it didn’t cause any pain. Those cavities are capable to make the tooth’s nerve sick or die, and that what causes the swelling.
If you noticed that your face is a little swollen from one side, or both, then it is time to call your dentist and deal with that cavity situation right away before you start to experience that throbbing pain.
#9 – Pain due to changes in pressure
If you have ever experienced any oral pain when taking off on a plane, or while swimming deep in the ocean, then one of your teeth is developing a cavity. When the air pressure changes, your nerve starts getting irritated causing a lot of dull or severe pain.
If you are not familiar with that specific pain, then you may want to get that checked out before it starts growing. Remember that dealing with cavity while it is still in its early stages can prevent decay and severe pain experiences.
No one really likes to visit the dentist, but it is merciful than dealing with a toothache, trust me!
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