When plaque builds up on your teeth, it slowly destroys the hard outer surface and creates small holes in your teeth. Cavity symptoms will vary depending on the severity of the condition. You may not have any symptoms initially, but it becomes more noticeable as the cavity gets bigger.

Common Cavity Symptoms

  • Holes or pits in teeth
  • Toothache or pain that comes on without warning
  • Pain when you drink or eat anything that is hot, cold, or sweet
  • Sensitive teeth
  • Pain when biting down

Common Cavity Causes

When eating food with high levels of carbohydrates, they turn into acids in the mouth. The food debris, bacteria, acid, and saliva in your mouth combine to form plaque. The plaque clings to your teeth and dissolves tooth enamel, creating cavities.

  • Lack of fluoride
  • Poor brushing technique
  • Clingy foods and drinks (sugar, soda, ice cream, cereal, etc.)
  • Dry mouth
  • Acid reflux disease

Dr. Carmichael Dentistry

If you suspect you have a cavity, schedule an appointment with us as soon as possible. We recommend following good oral hygiene practices to prevent cavities and other dental conditions. Brush your teeth with toothpaste that contains fluoride twice a day, floss once a day, and rinse with antiseptic mouthwash 1-2 times a day. Visit your dentist twice a year for professional cleaning to remove plaque and check your oral health for any problems. If you’d like to schedule your next dental appointment with Dr. Carmichael, give us a call at (858) 484-2560 or contact us on our website!