Cavities, or tooth decay, happen when your enamel wears down, and bacteria are allowed to enter the inner tooth and infect the nerves and pulp.
Plaque build-up and certain (sugary and starchy) foods are the biggest culprits in eating your sensitive enamel, exposing the tooth to decay. Once the enamel wears thin, bacteria can easily infiltrate and create chaos and cavities.
Signs of Cavities That Are Easy to Spot
We always love seeing and getting to know our patients, but the main reason we ask to see them every six months or sooner is so we can detect cavities during a routine exam. We may need to use digital x-rays to look for hard-to-see cavities and diagnose tooth decay.
Cavities can form anywhere, no matter where the tooth is in your mouth.
Look for the following signs to determine if you might have tooth decay:
- Unusual stains or discoloration on your tooth
- Sudden sensitivity to hot or cold foods or beverages
- Swollen or bleeding gums
- Sensitivity to sugary food or sodas
- Tooth pain
- Holes in the tooth
- Consistent bad breath
- Unpleasant taste in the mouth
The truth is, many oral health problems don't present any symptoms at all. The only way Eagan, MN patients can truly feel secure knowing their oral health is excellent is by attending regular dental cleanings and exams in Eagan, MN.
Schedule Your Dental Cleaning in Eagan, MN!
Whether it's been a while since your last appointment or you have a dental problem you're worried about, we are here for you at your family dentist office in 55122. Contact Wood Park Dental today to schedule your next exam and dental cleaning!