How Do I Know if I Have a Cavity?

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Do I Know if I Have a Cavity?
At OF Dental Care, we find that many people fear they have a cavity when they really don’t…and have cavities when they think everything is fine!

What to Look For

Not all cavities cause pain, sensitivity, or discomfort. However, there are a few common symptoms that you need to be on the lookout for, such as:

  • Sensitivity to “sweet” foods, such as juice, soda, sugars, or sweetened tea/coffee.
  • Pain when you’re biting down on a specific tooth.
  • Feeling a rough or sharp area with your tongue.
  • Problems with food getting stuck in a certain area after each meal.
  • A bad taste or smell coming from a localized area in your mouth.

If you’re using any whitening products, such as over the counter toothpaste, stop. Try using a sensitivity formulated toothpaste for a couple of weeks to see if symptoms persist. If they do, it’s time to call OF Dental Care.

Up Your Fluoride

Sensitive teeth and early tooth demineralization can sometimes be managed through protective sealants and fluoride treatments at your dental checkups.

Don’t Forget the X-rays

Our dentist in Arcadia will need to incorporate digital x-rays as part of your routine examination. These safe images allow us to screen for signs of cavities when they aren’t visible during your exam…such as deep below the grooves or between your teeth.

What Comes Next?

We prefer to treat cavities early, when the restoration is smaller and less invasive to your tooth. For people who have delayed their dental treatment for a long time and require extractions, dental implants in Arcadia may be the next best step.

OF Dental Care is Currently Accepting New Patients

Book a visit with our highly reputable dentist in Arcadia Dr. Omid Farahmand today to keep your smile healthy for years to come at 626.254.1948 or visit www.OFDentalCare.com for further information.

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