Do you want to know how to recognize a cavity so you know when to visit the dentist? It is difficult to recognize a cavity before it advances to later stages; however, we can outline some signs to help you recognize the problem.
Basically, a cavity is a hole in your tooth. It is caused by bacteria that feed on food, which gets left on your teeth. These bacteria are very fond of sugar. They create acids as they consume the sugars and food. As long as the bacteria remain and have food to eat, they can eat away at your teeth surfaces.
Recognize cavities in their early stages is difficult. Of course, some signs you can look for are holes and depressions on your teeth. As the cavities advance, you may notice areas that are colored brown, black, or a shade of white different from the natural color.
As the acids continue, they can break through enamel and reach the dentin and pulp, the inner layers of your teeth. By then, the tooth might feel very sensitive. You may even feel pain when you bite down. Also, you may feel pain whenever you eat something cold, hot, or sweet.
If you notice any of these symptoms, get to the dentist pronto. Dr. Frank Pettisani should be able to treat the tooth or teeth and stem any further decay.
Even so, you should try to avoid cavities in the first place. Brushing twice a day, flossing once, and making regular visits to Dr. Frank Pettisani every six months should help you avert any problems. To avoid fueling the bacteria, try to reduce the amount of starchy and sugary foods you eat.
If you need help with a cavity, come visit Dr. Frank Pettisani. Look for him at Dental Care in Vineland, New Jersey. Call (856) 691-2553 to let us know you are coming and we will help you.