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3 Signs You Might Have a Cavity

Cavities are spots of decay on enamel that can penetrate deep into the tooth. If you have one, you’ll need to visit your dentist for treatment, which usually involves a filling. Here are some of the top indicators of cavities.

What Are the Early Warning Signs of Cavities?

1. Sudden Sensitivity or Toothaches

Dental pain or discomfort that appears suddenly should be assessed by your dentist. Increased sensitivity or an unexplained toothache typically points to the degradation of enamel. As enamel wears away and the pulp inside the tooth is affected, pain and sensitivity will become more pronounced. 

2. Persistent Bad Breath

Foul breath is normal after eating certain foods or going many hours without brushing. However, if you notice bad breath even after brushing and can’t seem to get rid of it, decay might be the culprit.

The same oral bacteria that eat away at enamel can also create foul, unpleasant odors in the mouth that can’t be corrected by brushing or rinsing with mouthwash.

3. Dental Discoloration

Most people think of brown or black spots when they think of cavities. However, when the cavity starts out, it often appears as a white spot on the tooth, which may seem innocuous.

That’s why all discoloration should be assessed by a dentist. Catching a cavity early means it can be filled, which preserves the tooth and prevents you from undergoing a more substantial procedure. 


If you suspect you have a cavity, visit Splendental in Columbus, OH. Dr. Douglas Nartker and the rest of his team helps patients maintain bright, healthy smiles for life in their soothing office environment. In addition to preventative and restorative procedures, they also install cosmetic enhancements, including veneers. Schedule an appointment today by calling (614) 588-0678, or review their new patient forms online before your appointment. 

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