Did you know that it is recommended by the AAPD for children and teens to visit a pediatric dentist twice a year for regular dental check-ups? If you’re a parent, you may have already been informed of these recommendations at your child’s last dental visit. However, it’s important to continue to receive high-quality dental care when moving into adulthood for continued cavity prevention. If you notice any of the following signs of cavities, you need to make a dental appointment for your child or yourself right away.
You might attribute tooth staining to your morning coffee, dark spots and discoloration are actually early signs of tooth decay. If you let this go, the dark or white spots will grow larger as the decay progresses.
If you cringe with pain each time you sip a hot or cold beverage, you may want to call your dentist. Decay eventually exposes the dentin within the tooth leading to increased sensitivity. Eventually, the exposed dentin can impact the nerves in the tooth causing excruciating pain. In the future, you can prevent this by regularly seeking high-quality dental care.
This is the most obvious sign of a cavity. When you have a cavity, bacteria eventually corrode the tooth enamel resulting in small holes in the tooth. These can easily be repaired with fillings, provided you have the cavity taken care of in a timely manner.
Since cavities are the result of bacteria, they can literally leave a bad taste in your mouth. If bad breath is a persistent issue and popping a mint isn’t seeming to do the trick, you may have a cavity or another underlying oral health issue.
If your morning brushing results in bloodstains on your toothbrush, you should call your dentist. Swollen gums and bleeding can be signs of a cavity located close to the gum line. This can also be a symptom of gingivitis, so you’ll definitely want to get checked out by your dental provider.
While cavities should be promptly treated, you can prevent them in the future by brushing daily and receiving high-quality dental care on a regular basis. For more information, please contact our office today.