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How do you know if you have a cavity?

What Is a Cavity?

Plaque is an oral health occurrence that happens when food and bacteria build up on your teeth. Bacteria within the plaque can create acids that eventually erode your enamel. 

St. Paul, MN patients can help prevent cavities by brushing and flossing daily to try to eliminate plaque build-up. 

Cavities happen when plaque build-up forms a hole in your tooth. If this hole is ignored, it can ultimately destroy your tooth and even lead to tooth loss. Untreated cavities can also lead to tooth abscesses or infections, which can be life-threatening if they enter your bloodstream.

Areas That Are High-Risk for Plaque Build-Up

  • Chewing surfaces where food particles can get caught or collect
  • Near the gum line
  • In deep grooves and crevices
  • Spaces between teeth

Your diet can have an impact on the frequency of catching cavities. Some foods tend to stick to your teeth or have high levels of sugar, including:

  • Ice cream
  • Soda
  • Fruit juice
  • Dried fruit
  • Hard candy
  • Chips
  • Gummy candy
  • Cake and cookies

Adults and children alike are both at risk for developing cavities, especially as gums recede away from the teeth. 

Signs You Might Have a Cavity

  • Tooth sensitivity after eating hot or cold food 
  • Sensitivity to sugary foods or drinks
  • Tooth pain
  • Unusual stains on teeth

The best way to tell if you have a cavity is by scheduling a regular dental cleaning with Brimhall Dentistry. This allows your dentist in Saint Paul, MN, Dr. Nick Schulte, to catch oral health problems as they start. 

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