Do you need a cavity filled? Certain signs and symptoms are the ultimate indicators – and we’ll get to those in a minute.
But if you need a filling or related dental work, consider yourself part of a pretty large group. According to a well-known study, more than 9 in 10 Americans have some sort of dental caries (another word for cavities), and more than a quarter of U.S. adults (26%) have untreated tooth decay.
Those statistics suggest two significant issues:
- Most people don’t follow a disciplined oral healthcare regimen. Skipping brushing, not flossing, adhering to a poor diet – they all contribute to tooth decay and cavities.
- Even more people aren’t sure they actually have cavities. While poor dental care leads to caries and decay, the ability to identify cavities when they appear – and more importantly, before they fully develop – goes a long way in maintaining healthy teeth and gums.
Dr. Dental’s complete dental services are designed to help anyone achieve optimal oral health – including you! Even if you’ve had a few cavities in the past, or suspect you may have some now, it’s never too late to get back on the right track. A healthy smile starts with sensible, common sense tooth care. And to keep that smile, you should know which symptoms point to a cavity.
Let’s look at a handful of common signs you need a cavity filled:
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Some symptoms clearly point to a cavity, while others aren’t as obvious. But here are some signs you should visit Dr. Dental for a possible filling:
- Toothache. From acute pain to more chronic discomfort, a toothache (or sharp pain) is often the result of a cavity and related enamel erosion.
- Holes or dark spots. This is the ultimate visual confirmation. Caries (cavities) are actually small pits on the teeth; they actually resemble small black holes. If you see one, schedule an appointment with Dr. Dental today.
- Pressure. If you experience significant pressure when chewing food, or if any type of pressure creates discomfort, a cavity just might be the root cause – hopefully not already advanced to your actual teeth roots!
- Torn floss. Cavities are often accompanied by jagged edges around the actual pit. Whenever you floss a particular part of your mouth and the floss rips or tears, there’s a good chance a cavity is the culprit!
- Tooth sensitivity. Cold food, hot drinks, changes in the outside temperature – if these and other minor tweaks to your mouth cause pain, it may be time to get a cavity filled.
Dr. Dental – The Clear Choice for Superior Dental Care
The American Dental Association cites lack of available dental care as a major cause of tooth decay and cavities. That’s why Dr. Dental has made affordable, effective dental care more accessible than ever in the greater New England region.
With more than 40 offices throughout the northeast (Connecticut, New Jersey, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts), we’re here to provide you and your family the best possible care at the lowest possible price. And with our deals and discounts and flexible payment options, there’s simply no excuse to stay away from the dental chair!
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