Cavity Prevention Tips

Cavity Prevention Tips

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Stopping cavities is one of our dentist’s main goals, as cavities can often lead to several other oral health issues. Cavities are one of the most common dental issue we deal with, and it seems like almost everyone will need to get a cavity filled at one point in their life.

If you’re serious about never needing a filling, you do have a few options to help prevent them. In addition to maintaining a good oral hygiene routine, it’s important to visit the dentist regularly. Plus, you can keep an eye out for any of the warning signs that early cavities can present. Some of those warning signs include:

Spontaneous pain
A common and tell-tale sign of a developing cavity is spontaneous pain. For some people, this discomfort can appear as pain that comes up periodically throughout the day or as a lingering toothache that seems to have come from nowhere. Depending on the severity of the forming cavity, the pain may be localized in one tooth or spread to multiple teeth.

Sensitive teeth
Sensitive teeth can be quite uncomfortable. Because cavities attack the protective outer layer of your tooth (the enamel), you may experience sensitivity as a cavity develops. Take note of whether your teeth are feeling particularly sensitive to warmer or colder temperatures and foods. If this is the case, come visit our practice, and Dr. Eric Goldberg can take a look at your teeth to help you know if your tooth sensitivity is from a cavity.

Stained teeth
Teeth can get stained from a variety of things, and one of those things is a cavity. Cavities can form brown, black or white stains on your teeth. If any of these pop up in your smile, you may want to get your teeth checked out as soon as possible. By detecting these stains and getting treatment early on, you can avoid more complications later.

When you understand the warning signs of cavities, and when you maintain good oral health, you can help protect your teeth from the severe damage that cavities can sometimes cause. For more information, or to schedule an appointment with our dentist in Exton, Pennsylvania, call us today at 610-363-6181.