Top Signs of Tooth Decay

how to know if you have tooth decay

Tooth decay is a common ailment that both children and adults are susceptible to. It occurs when filmy plaque (made from bacteria feeding on sugar from foods and drinks, turning it into acid) dissolves the enamel, causing decay to develop. Good oral hygiene is essential for preventing tooth decay from forming in the mouth.

It’s important to be aware of the potential signs of tooth decay so you can take quick action to treat it if necessary.

Toothache

what does tooth decay look like

Pain or discomfort in the mouth or jaw may be from a toothache. Depending on the severity of the toothache, this pain can last for just a few moments or days. There are many reasons for a toothache to occur but it’s possible it’s due to tooth decay. Be sure to book an appointment with your dentist at the first sign of achiness.

Teeth Sensitivity

If you experience pain when eating cold or hot drinks, you may have sensitive teeth. This can be caused from tooth decay, as holes in the tooth (cavities) will cause the sensitive sensation to increase.

Discolouration

Tooth discolouration is a sign of tooth decay

Tooth discolouration is a sign of tooth decay. While stains from food, drinks and lifestyle occur naturally over time, poor dental hygiene or a diet high in sugar may cause cavities to develop.

Visible Hole

A sure sign of tooth decay is if you can actually see a visible pit or hole in your tooth

A sure sign of tooth decay is if you can actually see a visible pit or hole in your tooth. If you do notice a visible hole be sure to book in with your dentist immediately so you can have it checked.

You won’t always be able to tell if you have tooth decay, which is why practising good oral hygiene and having regular dental check-ups is so important. For an adults and kids’ dentist on the Gold Coast, book an appointment at Oasis Dental Studio today.

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