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Posted on 10/25/2019 by Dr. Elizabeth Vivona
|Cavities can be quite discomforting and can make your life feel like a living hell. The problem is that they come from something we love so much: food. Sometimes, the cavities can pass by without us even knowing they're there, and may keep recurring and making our mouths feel like disasters without us ever fully knowing why.
What is a Cavity?
A cavity is just a damaged part of your enamel, which is the tough white mineralized outer part of your tooth. They form due to the buildup of plaque from bacteria on your teeth. These bacteria stay on your teeth to feed on food debris and sugar, which accumulates if you don't brush and floss your teeth often. The plaque can easily bore into the enamel of your tooth and create a hole, which is what is known as a cavity.
Signs of Recurrent Cavities
So how do you know that you have recurrent cavities? Well, there are a number of ways.
You have a Persistent Toothache
If you have a persistent toothache that comes on all of a sudden and you can't quite tell why, then it's probably because you have a cavity. There are other things that can cause toothaches, such as sinus infections and injured teeth. However, you will almost always know when these are the cause. Toothaches brought by cavities are sudden and usually can't be explained because your teeth seem to be healthy overall.
If you feel sensitivity when you eat or drink anything hot, cold, acidic, sweet or sticky, then you probably have a cavity. That's usually because the cavity has left your nerve endings exposed, making your super sensitive.
You Can see a Hole in Your Tooth
This is the most obvious sign of a cavity. If you can see a hole in your tooth, then it's because a cavity has formed and has grown to its worse stages.
Once you start to see signs of cavities in your teeth, you should rush to visit our offices for a checkup and immediate attention to the problem before it gets worse. By getting your teeth looked at by us early, you allow yourself the peace of mind you deserve.
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