Think You Have a Cavity? Don’t Wait Around to See if it is One!

 In Dental Talk - Chehalis Dental Care Blog

People are often under the mistaken impression that the only time a cavity needs treatment is when it hurts. That isn’t always the case. Depending upon your situation, you may experience one of three symptoms that are associated with dental cavities.

Getting your cavity treated before it turns into something worse, like a root canal or an extraction, can help you save money and improve your overall health. Learning about the three symptoms of dental cavities will help you determine when you should consider scheduling an appointment with your local dentist before the cavity gets too bad.

The Three Symptoms Associated with Dental Cavities

The symptoms of a cavity will vary from person to person. Some people will exhibit one of the three symptoms, while others will have no symptoms at all. The following are the three most common symptoms of dental cavities.

Tooth Sensitivity

Whenever you bite down on something or drink/eat something that is hot or cold and you get a shooting, stinging pain, it could be an indication of tooth sensitivity. Tooth sensitivity is often the first sign of a cavity.

Cavities cause tooth sensitity because they cause damage to the enamel. When the enamel is damaged, it causes the tooth’s nerve to become extremely susceptible to a lot of things, like hot drinks, cold food, and sweet treats.

Bad Breath

Bad breath doesn’t always mean you have a cavity, but it could mean you have one. Cavities are caused by tooth decay. If left untreated, the tooth decay will start to rot the tooth. When a tooth starts to rot, it can cause bad breath.


Pain is often associated with cavities, and is usually the first symptom people think of with cavities, but it could be associated with a lot of other dental problems, too. Loose fillings, cracked teeth, or an abscessed tooth can all cause pain.

The only way to truly know if you have a cavity, or if it is something worse, is to have a dentist conduct a complete oral exam. Dr. Downing at Chehalis Dental Care is an experienced dentist who can help if you should suspect you have a cavity. He will not only conduct an oral exam, but will provide treatment recommendations.

Don’t wait until the cavity gets too bad! Call us today to schedule an appointment. We look forward to seeing you.

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