Have you noticed how kids or even adults who have binged on chocolates, donuts and other such sweet foods suffer from dental ailments? The most common dental aliment that these individuals have to deal with is known as ‘tooth decay’, more popularly or simply known as a cavity. ‘Tooth decay’ or cavities are the terms used to indicate a situation where a sizeable amount of the incisor’s mineral substance has been washed away. The washing away of the mineral substance inevitably leads to a hole in the incisor. The hole in turn leads to myriad other dental complications. These complications also double as symptoms of tooth decay and since the ‘very beginning of time’ have been plaguing mankind as a whole. To differentiate between tooth decay and just another dental pain, it is important to gain familiarity with the symptoms of tooth decay. Read on to know more on the symptoms of decaying tooth or a cavity.
Symptoms Of Tooth Decay
Under normal circumstances, it is almost impossible to determine the symptoms of tooth decay. However, dental pain normally occurs after consuming cold foods, sweets, chocolates, fizzy drinks, etc. Tooth decay, as a dental ailment, never really exhibits symptoms until and unless there is a cavity or a contaminated incisor. Find below the symptoms of tooth decay that are nothing but the result of a cavity or a contaminated incisor.
- The number one symptom of tooth decay is the pain that it almost always brings with it. A stinging and annoying pain in the affected area is the easiest way to determine the occurrence of tooth decay. The pain or ache is caused by the exasperation or contamination of the dental pulp.
- If you suspect you are plagued with a decaying tooth, take a good look at your open mouth in the mirror. You probably have a decayed tooth if you notice colored spots on the incisors.
- An incisor, which is overly sensitive to stress, or a broken incisor makes for yet another symptom of tooth decay.
- A bad savor/aftertaste in the mouth and bad breath can safely be considered a symptom of tooth decay. So, the next time you think you breath’s gone bad, don’t pop a mint. Visit the dentist instead. The underlying cause of your bad breath could be a decaying tooth.
- A noticeable increase in the pain caused by tooth decay when you consume ‘forbidden foods’ like chocolates, sweets, donuts, etc. makes for an obvious symptom of the same. An increase in the pain will also be noticed when you drink hot or cold beverages and chew excessively on food.
- In the case of severe tooth decay, there will be a pus-filled sac at the base of the incisor. This can lead to a variety of complications like fever, numbing pain, inflamed glands, or even an inflamed jaw.
- The signs and symptoms of tooth decay will vary from individual to individual. This is mostly because of variations in the size of the cavity or the nature of the decay. However, the difference in signs and symptoms are only noticed when the decay is still in its initial stages. With the increase in the magnitude of the decay, the symptoms for the same amongst affected individuals occur with striking similarities. These symptoms include sensitivity of incisors, pain in the incisors, pain when chewing, and pus encircling an incisor.