How To Spot Tooth Decay Before It’s Too Late

pain is usually the main indicator of potential tooth decay, while it might not always be the cause of tooth decay, any pain in and around your teeth should be checked out. Tooth decay can slowly progress to the pulp (The inner workings of the tooth with blood vessels and nerve endings) as well as the periodontal space (the tissue holding the tooth to the bone), when this happens, pus is most often formed and you’ll find it difficult to apply pressure to the affected area, making it difficult to chew.

 

Tooth decay, dental cavities or dental caries, however, you refer to it, tooth decay is one of the most common bacterial infections affecting teeth worldwide and it’s certainly an unwelcome sight in any mouth. It’s important, and, not to mention recommended, that you visit your dental hygienist for regular teeth cleaning at least twice per year in order to catch and treat any signs of tooth decay or other dental problems; you should also be able to identify some signs and symptoms of tooth decay yourself. While one main identifier of tooth decay is usually pain, this is not always the case, as tooth decay can be slow and virtually pain-free, while it can also manifest into a sinusitis type pain affecting the cheekbones, ears and surrounding areas.

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Here are some signs and symptoms you should keep a lookout for, and if spotted, get in touch with your hygienist.

Pain

As mentioned pain is usually the main indicator of potential tooth decay, while it might not always be the cause of tooth decay, any pain in and around your teeth should be checked out. Tooth decay can slowly progress to the pulp (The inner workings of the tooth with blood vessels and nerve endings) as well as the periodontal space (the tissue holding the tooth to the bone), when this happens, pus is most often formed and you’ll find it difficult to apply pressure to the affected area, making it difficult to chew.

Discolouration of Tooth

When tooth decay has been left untreated for an extended period of time, it will often become visible to the eye. Often minor tooth decay will appear as a chalky white discoloration of the tooth; this is due to the decaying of calcium from your enamel. If this symptom is not treated and allowed to continue decaying, it can eventually become a brownish-black spot or hole on the infected tooth. If you spot either of these signs be sure to visit the dentist as soon as possible.

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