“I Think I Have a Cavity—What Now?” Advice from a Dentist

Cavities, or “dental caries” as they are professionally called, are often the first step toward more serious tooth decay. It’s no wonder dentists try to find them and take care of them, before they lead to more serious issues.

Main Warning Signs of a Cavity No clear signs but there are some things that should make you suspect something is wrong:

1 Tooth sensitivity to cold or hot drinks/foods 2 Tooth pain. Constant dull pain or sudden sharp pains: 3 Apparent divots, pits, or holes. You may notice these with your tongue, see them on your teeth in the mirror, or both. 4 Bad breath or a bad taste in your mouth.

Cavity Detected: Next Steps

1. Make an appointment. It will pay to have a professional dentist inspect your mouth to verify that you have a cavity.

2. Manage the pain. Cavities can be painful, especially if they are far along. 3. Start working to prevent future cavities. Fluoride helps strengthen enamel and prevent cavities.

4. Beware of home remedies. There’s no lack of home remedies for cavities that you can find on the internet. Our dentists have heard them all: Cod liver oil and raw butter, vitamin D supplements, licorice root, saltwater rinses, clove, turmeric, essential oils, and “remineralizing toothpaste.”

While these are not harmful, there is often little data to back up the claims that they help—just stories. You can try these home remedies to see what helps, but don’t let that be a substitute for seeing your dentist. Best case, your dentist declares you cavity-free and gives you a good cleaning. Worst case, he or she will still be able to catch the cavity and take care of it in a timely manner.

For more queries visit Smile Avenue Dental center or call/Whatsapp 0721568972

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