According to recent research, roughly 90% of Americans have had a cavity by their 21st birthday. As a result, it continues to be one of the most prevalent oral health concerns among children and adults alike. Normally, you can keep an eye out for common symptoms, like discoloration around your tooth. But how can you tell if you have a cavity between your teeth? To learn the answer, keep reading!
How to Tell If You Have a Cavity Between Your Teeth
There are two main ways to tell if you have a cavity between your teeth:
- Sensitivity and discomfort – Although the changes may not be visible to the naked eye, you will certainly notice a change when eating and drinking. In addition to resulting in discomfort while you chew, interproximal cavities can cause your teeth to feel sensitive to hot and cold foods and beverages.
- Your dentist spots the cavity – During your biannual visits, your dentist screens for cavities. If they see a cause for concern, they can take a deeper look with X-rays. This will confirm whether or not there is a cavity between your teeth.
How Are Interproximal Cavities Treated?
That depends! If caught in the early stages, your dentist will be able to remove the decayed tissue and restore the missing structure with a filling. If the damage is more extensive, then a dental crown may be needed to restore the look and function of your tooth. In more severe cases, root canal therapy or a tooth extraction may be necessary. Ultimately, the appropriate restorative treatment rests largely on how soon the cavity is discovered. That’s why it’s so important to visit your dentist every six months and bring any unusual symptoms (like discomfort when you chew) to their attention right away.
How Can Interproximal Cavities Be Prevented?
The good news is that interproximal cavities can be prevented! Here are a few oral hygiene best practices to help:
- Floss between each of your teeth at least once a day
- Brush for a full two minutes each morning and evening
- Rinse with mouthwash daily
- Get a dental checkup and cleaning twice a year
- Keep your consumption of added sugar to a minimum
- Eat mostly well-balanced, nutrient-dense meals
- Avoid unhealthy dental habits, like smoking
Cavities between your teeth can be difficult to spot, making them even more dangerous for your oral health. The best thing to do is keep an eye out for any unusual symptoms and continue visiting your dentist for a checkup every six months!
About the Practice
Our team at Oak Ridge Dental is passionate about helping our patients achieve smiles that are both healthy and beautiful – we have more than 90 5-star reviews to show for it too! Whether you’re overdue for your routine checkup and cleaning or you’re struggling with a cavity and need restorative care, we’re here to help. To learn more about how to keep your teeth decay-free from home or to schedule an appointment, don’t hesitate to visit our website or call (925) 735-6190.