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Common Symptoms of Tooth Decay

Posted on 11/22/2021 by Evan
Common Symptoms of Tooth DecayMany people don't know about the warning signs of tooth decay, but it's important to notice your symptoms. Tooth decay is one of America's most common dental problems and can lead to serious health issues if left untreated. Fortunately, you can take steps to prevent tooth decay from occurring or recurring once it is arrested early enough. This post will cover some of these symptoms that might occur when you have tooth decay.

Dry Mouth

One of the first signs that you might have tooth decay is a dry mouth. This may start as a slight symptom but can quickly get worse if left untreated for too long. When your saliva production begins to slow down, it creates an environment in which bacteria and plaque are more likely to grow on teeth or just under gums where they normally wouldn't be.

Sensitive Teeth

Another symptom of tooth decay is sensitive teeth, especially if the tooth only hurts when you put cold or hot food and drinks on them. Tooth sensitivity can come from various reasons, including cavities, cracks in your enamel, gum disease, receding gums or even just normal wear and tear on teeth.

Hard to Swallow

Another symptom is when you may have difficulty swallowing certain foods or liquids, especially if it's chilly or hot food and drinks that make your mouth feel uncomfortable after eating them. This can be due to cracks in your enamel and gum disease, which will make the roots of teeth much more sensitive than normal.

Tastes and Smells Differently

Another symptom is when you might notice that your food tastes different or smells different, especially if it's hot foods that taste "off" to you after eating them. This can be due to cracks in enamel and gum disease, which will make the roots of teeth much more sensitive than normal.

Sharp Pain While Biting Down On A Specific Spot

Another symptom is when you might feel sharp pain while biting down on a specific spot. This could be due to cavities forming or beginning to form, which will cause the pulp of teeth (the innermost part of your tooth) to become exposed and susceptible to damage, especially if there's not enough enamel covering it. If this happens, you should call your dentist as soon as possible for an examination.

We hope you've learned a few things about the signs of tooth decay. If you are struggling with any symptoms, please come in for an examination, and we will help determine what your next steps should be. You can call us at (number), and we will help you out!
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