Do I Have a Cavity?

Have you asked yourself, “Do I have a cavity?” Do you dread going to the dentist because you are concerned that you may have a cavity? Have no fear! In fact, if you have a suspicion of a cavity, the first thing to do is to have a professional perform an examination! What are some common symptoms of a cavity to look out for? How do cavities form? North County Dental Specialties can give you the answers!

Tell Your Dentist

Why is this so important? First, imagine that you do in fact have a cavity. What would happen if you ignored your suspicion?  If the decay reaches what is the dentin, which is the soft and spongy layer of tooth beneath the enamel, the decay spreads more rapidly. As it grows, sometimes at an alarming rate, it can eventually lead to pain if it reaches the nerves. By then, a tooth extraction or root canal may be in order.  As you can see, this can all be avoided with a preventive dental check-up and any necessary treatment.

On the other hand, if your dentist tells you a cavity is not present, you have peace of mind knowing your worry is unfounded!


As explained above, you will feel pain if the decay reaches the nerve. In fact, if it reaches the dentin or nerve, many experience sensitivity to temperature or when chewing sweets. However, if it is surface, on the enamel, you are less likely to feel anything.  Also, you may notice a dark, brown, or white spot. Since a cavity is decay that eats away at your tooth, you may even notice a hole in your tooth.

What Causes Cavities?

Colgate’s website has an excellent explanation: “Your mouth is naturally full of bacteria. Some of that bacteria is perfectly healthy; some of it can be harmful. When you eat something sugary, such as candy or even potato chips, or drink a sugary beverage, the bacteria feeds on the sugars in the substance. It then produces acid, which is strong enough to wear away the enamel of the tooth, if not cleaned off quickly enough.”

We remind you as a caring dental team to not procrastinate coming in for your 6 month visits. It is especially important to make an appointment if you have any concerns about your teeth! Contact us! (760) 233 5887