Common Symptoms of Tooth Decay

Think you have a cavity? Here are four common symptoms of tooth decay to be on the lookout for.


Feeling Something Rough

If decay is large enough, you may be able to feel the rough surface when you run your tongue over it. Your tongue is very delicate and can pick up on these minor differences. Compare one side of your mouth to the other to see if there’s a difference.


Sweet Sensitivity

Having a tooth that’s sensitive to anything sweet almost always means there’s a cavity. Sweets can be anything from diet soda to your favourite coffee creamer. You’ll usually pick up on this symptom sooner than the others. Most people think sweet sensitivity is only if you’re eating candy, but that’s just simply not the case.


Floss (or Food) Catching in a Particular Spot

Cavities involve holes and small openings in your tooth structure, which can cause food to collect or floss to shred. If you notice a specific area that tends to do this, be sure to let us know. If your floss does get stuck, don’t panic. Sliding it out from the side is usually easier than trying to force it back up between the teeth.


Pain When Biting Down

Do you notice sensitivity on a particular tooth when you’re biting or chewing on food? Watch for anything from an obvious jolting pain to something that feels not quite right. Either extreme could be indicative that something is going on inside of your tooth.


Not all cavities cause pain. But if you are experiencing discomfort, it’s best to see our Brighton or Ferntree Gully dentists as soon as possible. Schedule an exam and X-ray at Centre for Dentistry today to find out how we can help you minimize the impact of tooth decay!