Every cavity starts small. When teeth are not properly cleaned with regular brushing and flossing, acidic foods can begin wearing down the protective enamel of your teeth. Once that protection is gone, the likelihood of getting a cavity increases as bacteria can more easily find its way into your teeth.
Dental fillings are used to treat cavities. When you get a filling, your dentist will first remove decay in your tooth. Once removed, your dentist shapes the space to prepare it for the filling. Using a variety of different materials, the tooth is repaired and your dentist will carefully shape the filling to fit naturally with your bite.
Here are some signs that you might have a cavity:
- Toothache – intermittent or constant pain in one or more teeth.
- Food is constantly stuck between teeth.
- Tooth sensitivity to hot and cold.
- Mild to sharp pain when eating or drinking something sweet, hot or cold.
- Visible holes or pits in your teeth.
- Brown, black or white staining on any surface of a tooth.
- Pain in one part of your mouth when you bite down.
- Constant, dull headaches.