Detecting and Preventing Cavities

Oct 14 • 2 minute read

Did you know that cavities will continue to get worse over time? This is why you should always visit your local Aldershot dentist when you experience any symptoms such as tooth pain or sensitivity. How do you know if you have a cavity, and what do you do if you suspect you have one?  

Detecting Cavities

Small Holes on tooth & Dark Spots on tooth.

The easiest way to know if you have a cavity is to take a look at your teeth. Cavity’s may appear as small holes or pits in your teeth. They may also appear as a dark spot on your tooth. Not all cavities can be seen however, which is why it’s important to see your local dentist for regular check-ups and X-Rays. Some cavities can only be detected on a dental X-Ray so getting X-Rays updated on a regular basis is a good way to detect cavities in a timely manner.

Tooth Sensitivity

If your teeth feel sensitive when drinking a cold glass of water or a hot cup of tea you may be experiencing temperature sensitivity, which is a sign that you may have a cavity. This applies to cold and hot foods as well. You may be surprised to learn that tooth sensitivity due to a cavity can also occur when eating sugar, for example desserts or sugary drinks.

Gums Bleed When Brushing

If your gums are bleeding while you are brushing your teeth this is a good indicator that there is a cavity. The bleeding is often caused by bacteria in the mouth as well as irritation to the gums from the cavity itself.

Bad Breath

Cavities often allow food and bacteria to enter the tooth, creating a breeding ground for bacteria and resulting in bad breath and a bad taste in your mouth.


Eating a Healthy and Balanced Diet

Diet and nutrition plays a big role in your overall health. Eating foods rich in Calcium, Phosphorous, Vitamin D, Vitamin C and Vitamin A can help reduce your risk of developing a cavity. Staying away from sugary and acidic foods and drinks will also help keep your teeth healthy and avoid tooth decay.

Have a Good Oral Hygiene Routine

In addition to regular check-ups and teeth cleanings at your local dentist office, it is important to have a good routine at home to maintain your oral health. Brushing for two minutes twice a day, flossing and using mouthwash are essential steps in making sure you reduce cavity-forming bacteria and plaque.


Fluoride treatment can help your teeth become more resistant to decay and can also help to re-mineralize teeth that already have decay.

Regular Dental Appointments

It is important to have regular teeth cleaning, check-up and X-Rays at your local dentist. Your dentist has years of experience and training in spotting decay and treating cavities. If you suspect you have a cavity it is important you visit your dentist right away. Depending on the situation, treatments such as fillings or crowns may be offered.

To learn more about cavities, and to schedule a check-up and cleaning appointment contact Gardens Dental in Aldershot, Burlington at (905) 777-9292


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