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Cavities

What are the symptoms of cavities?

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  • ADe Vizio, DMD, Dentistry, answered on behalf of Colgate
    In the early stages of tooth decay, there may be little or no symptom of pain. Once decay has progressed deeper than just the surface of the enamel, however, pain is typically a sign. With more serious cavities, you may experience sensitivity in your tooth to cold food or drinks or you may feel persistent or random toothache. Pains while you are chewing, visible holes in your teeth, or accumulated pus are also clear symptoms of a cavity.
  • Sensitivity to touch or hot and cold can be an early warning sign of tooth root decay and problems that can lead to cavities. A hole is also a sign of a cavity. Regular visits to your dentist are the best method for finding cavities early as well as helping to prevent cavities altogether. 
  • Usually there is no symptom of pain with a cavity unless the decay has progressed deeper than just the surface enamel. With more serious cavities you may experience sensitivity in your tooth to cold food or drinks and possible random toothaches. Pains while you are chewing, visible holes in your teeth, or accumulated pus are also clear symptoms of a cavity.

  • AWilliam M. Litaker, Dentistry, answered

    Only your dentist can properly diagnose cavities. A hole in a tooth or a dark area on a tooth could be a sign of a cavity. A tooth that hurts could indicate a cavity. Sensitivity to hot, cold, and sweets could also indicate that a cavity is present. Your dentist can evaluate your tooth by looking, touching, and x-raying to diagnose for cavities.

  • ATom Berry, Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, answered

    Symptoms of cavities may include sensitivity to hot or cold or sweets.  Sensitivity to biting pressure or chewing may indicate that you have cavities.  If you have constant or intermittent pain of a tooth or any of the above symptoms, you should see your dentist.

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