Oftentimes, there are no obvious signs of a cavity. That is why visiting your dental professional at least twice a year is so important.
During your regular visit, your dentist will perform three common tests to look for signs of a cavity. These include a visual test to look for visible holes in your teeth and the “probing test” where the dentist uses a dental instrument to search for soft areas that may indicate signs of a cavity. Finally, your dentist will perform x-rays to detect cavities that are not visible to the naked eye.
Other common signs of a cavity that you will likely notice on your own include a toothache or sensitive teeth—particularly when eating sweet, hot or cold foods or drinks. (1) These signs of a cavity are usually associated with advanced tooth decay and therefore require immediate attention from a dental professional.
Prevent the Signs of a Cavity
Preventing cavities is the best way to avoid tooth decay and keep your teeth healthy. One of the best ways to prevent tooth decay is to maintain a comprehensive oral hygiene regimen and to select the right products. Toothbrush selection is very important since brushing is the foundation of any oral care program.
Some experts recommend the Oral-B Pulsar Pro-Health Toothbrush. It has Micropulse™ bristles that vibrate, and it breaks up plaque, one of the leading causes of cavities. Using this toothbrush together with Crest Pro-Health toothpaste can address numerous important dental health concerns, including cavities, gingivitis, plaque, whitening, sensitivity and bad breath. All Crest Pro-Health toothpastes are triclosan free.