Tooth decay is one of the most common health problems for people around the world, and it can lead to additional medical issues from periodontal disease and the inability to chew nutritious foods. Some of the signs of tooth decay include:
Noticing a Change in a Tooth
While brushing your teeth, check each tooth for changes that can indicate a problem such as a cavity. You can find small handheld mirrors with long, bendable handles so that you can see the teeth that are located toward the back of the mouth. Checking your teeth helps you to understand how each tooth looks so that you can see a change easily.
Pain While Chewing Food
If you are having pain while chewing food, then you should visit our dentist right away to determine if you have a cavity. When you are having pain while eating, the cavity is deep enough that the nerves are exposed. This exposure can lead to more inflammation as bacteria enter the interior portions of the tooth.
Bleeding Around the Tooth
When the gums are bleeding around a tooth, the decay from a cavity may have reached the deeper portions of the tooth to infect the gums. This type of cavity might begin toward the bottom of a tooth, making it difficult to see, and you might need a root canal procedure along with a dental crown to repair the problem.
Discomfort While Brushing Your Teeth
If it hurts to brush your teeth, then you might be dealing with tooth decay. Talk to our dentist about this type of discomfort so that our team can look for a small cavity in one of your teeth.
Chronic Bad Breath
When you have chronic bad breath despite brushing and flossing, you may have one or more dental cavities. Our dentist can examine your teeth to determine if there is a cavity in a hard-to-see location.
A Loose Tooth
After all of your adult teeth are in your mouth, it isn’t normal to have a loose tooth. When you have a loose tooth, it can indicate that there is a cavity below the gums that is affecting the stability of the tooth’s roots.
Contact Us Today
If you are showing any of the signs and symptoms of tooth decay, don’t delay in seeking treatment. Make an appointment at Hillfield Pediatric & Family Dentistry in Layton. Contact our office today to arrange your dental appointment.