Ask a Dentist

May 28, 2021

Q: How do you know when you have a cavity?

A dentist uses a mirror to check a patient's teeth.

At the end of the day, finding cavities is something only your dentist can do. Tooth abnormalities could be a sign of a cavity while others may not. Any dark holes may mean you’ve had a cavity for a while and should see a dentist ASAP.  Tooth sensitivity while you eat is a possible sign of cavity formation.

Bad breath could be from the garlic you ate, or it could be a sign of cavities, gum disease, or improper brushing and flossing. If you have any chips in the tooth you’ll be vulnerable to cavities, so it’s good to see a dentist before they get larger.

Always check with your dentist before you determine what the problem is. The issue could be smaller, or larger than you thought. If you don’t have a dentist already, give us a call. We’re always accepting new patients.

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