At South Granville Dentistry in Vancouver, our dentists know that even when patients try hard to keep their teeth and gums healthy, cavities can strike. Suddenly you feel a sharp pain in one of your teeth. OUCH! Maybe you have a cavity, but how can you tell?
Cavities (Dental Caries)
Dental caries, are cavities (small holes) in your teeth caused by tooth decay. Poor oral hygiene, snacking frequently on sweet foods, and naturally occurring bacteria in your mouth are all factors that can lead to tooth decay and cavities.
How Regular Check-Ups Help to Prevent Cavities
In the early stages, as cavities are just beginning to form, there are no signs that anything is wrong with your tooth. So, even if you aren't experiencing any symptoms cavities could be forming in your mouth. That's why regular dental checkups and hygiene cleanings are important for preventing cavities.
Visiting your dentist for a checkup every six months gives your dentist the opportunity to detect tooth decay early, before painful symptoms develop. Left untreated, tooth decay and cavities will continue to grow could lead to extensive damage the structure of your tooth and a host of painful symptoms.
Signs of Tooth Decay & Cavities
- Unusual tooth sensitivity
- Holes or small pits may be visible in your teeth
- Sharp pain when biting down on foods
- Sudden toothache or pain without any apparent cause
- Staining on the surface of your tooth
- Mild to sharp pain when you are eating or drinking anything hot, cold or sweet
If you've noticed any of the symptoms listed above contact your dentist right away to book an examination. Only a dental professional can diagnose and treat cavities and tooth decay.
At South Granville Dentistry we firmly believe that when it comes to tooth decay, prevention is always the better than treatment! To keep your smile healthy, brush for two full minutes twice daily, floss regularly and see your dentist at least once every six months for professional cleanings and checkups.