How to Recognize a Cavity

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Would you like to learn how to recognize a cavity so you can get it treated? It can be a little difficult to know before the cavity deepens, but we will outline some of the signs that you can look for.

At its basic level, a cavity is a hole in your tooth, but what causes it? Cavities are caused by bacteria that feed on food that gets left on your teeth, and they are particularly fond of sugar. Bacteria produce acids by consuming all the sugars and food, and those acids can steadily damage teeth as long as the bacteria keep making them.

It can be difficult to recognize a cavity in its early stages, which is when it is just on the hard, enamel surfaces of the teeth. Some signs you can check for are holes and depressions on your teeth. Other signs are spots and areas that are colored white, brown, or black.

Once the acids reach the dentin and pulp, the insides of a tooth, they become more noticeable. The tooth might feel very sensitive. You may even discomfort pain when you bite down on your teeth. Also, you may feel discomfort when you eat anything that is cold, hot, or sweet.

If you notice any of these signs, get to the dentist. Dr. Barton Barré will try to stop further damage and fix what he can.

Even so, we would like for you not to have a cavity in the first place. You can best avoid them by brushing twice a day, flossing once, and making regular visits to Dr. Barton Barré every six months. Also, it helps to cut down on foods that are starchy and sugary.

If you have need of help, come visit Dr. Barton Barré. Look for him here at Barré Dental Care in Harvey, Louisiana. You can reach us easily by calling 504-367-0355. If you need us, we will be here.