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By Drs Bradbury & Amato, PC
September 02, 2016
Category: Oral Health
Tags: tooth decay   cavities  

Though they most often afflict young children who are addicted to sticky, sweet candies, cavities are a common dental problem in cavitiespatients of all ages. They have to be treated as soon as possible to avoid a more serious problem that could eventually lead to tooth loss. Here are a few signs that you may have a cavity that needs to be cleaned and filled by a dentist at Drs Bradbury & Amato, PC in West Hartford.

Dark Spot on the Tooth
One sign that you may have a cavity is noticing a dark mark or spot on the surface of the tooth. That spot might be the hole that is beginning to grow due to bad bacteria. Visit your dentist and point out the problem to determine if it’s a cavity. Keep in mind that cavities most commonly occur on the back molars because they have many pits and fissures on the surface, so take the time out to thoroughly inspect the back of your mouth regularly. 

Sharp Pain When You Chew
Another sign that you may need to go to your West Hartford dentist for a cavity check is if you have pain when chewing your food or drinking a beverage. The pain is sharp, difficult to ignore and worsens with time. Sudden sensitivity in a tooth may also be a sign of a cavity.

An Unusual Case of Bad Breath
In some cases, bad breath can be a sign of a potential cavity. The bad bacteria that eats away at the enamel can give off a bad odor. Normally, bad breath will go away after brushing or rinsing with mouthwash in a healthy mouth. But when it continues to smell bad throughout the day, that could be a sign of a dental problem like a cavity. 

Visit Your Dentist
The only way to know for sure if you need a cavity cleaned and filled is to see a dentist at Drs Bradbury & Amato, PC in West Hartford. An amalgam or tooth-colored filling will protect your teeth from future problems with cavities. Call the office at (860) 561-3050 today.