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How to Tell if You Have a Cavity

August 26, 2021
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Posted By: Wood Park Dental
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A cavity means you have an area of decay on your tooth. Cavities typically start small and grow over time, which is why it’s important to visit your family dentist in Eagan, MN regularly for dental exams and teeth cleanings. It is always better to diagnose and treat a small cavity than a large one.

Signs of a Cavity

Most dental cavities are not obvious. And some develop between teeth, making them hard to spot. However, in some cases, you may notice a dark or brown spot on your tooth that does not go away with brushing and flossing.

Over time, if the cavity is not diagnosed and treated, you may notice one or more of the following:

  • Hole in your tooth
  • Tooth sensitivity
  • Tooth crack or opening

Lowering Your Cavity Risks

Excellent oral hygiene and regular dental care are always your best defense. You should brush and floss your teeth at least two times each day or after every meal. It’s also important to visit your Eagan dentist regularly for exams and teeth cleanings, ideally every six months.

With regular dental checkups, your dentist can spot a cavity early, preventing deep decay and the need for a dental crown. In addition, your teeth cleanings get rid of cavity-causing ingredients like stubborn tartar and bacteria.

Other helpful tips include reducing your intake of sugary and acidic foods and drinks like soda, fruit juice, certain sports drinks, and sweet treats.

Schedule an Appointment at Wood Park Dental in Eagan, MN! 

If your dentist diagnosis a tooth cavity, we numb the area around the tooth, and your dentist removes the decay. We then fill the cavity with a tooth-colored filling. If a cavity is deep or large, your dentist may recommend a dental crown to stabilize the tooth against future breakage.

Contact our Eagan dentist office today at (952) 431-5088 for more information or to schedule your next dental checkup and teeth cleaning.

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